The life-threatening stroke that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk suffered last year may have changed his outlook on the issue of same-sex marriage.
The Illinois Republican is now stating his support for allowing gay couples to have full marriage rights.
He says in a statement that after he returned to Capitol Hill following his stroke, he vowed to have a more open mind and greater respect for others.
Kirk says our time on this earth is limited, and the focus should be on who we love and who loves us back… without government getting in the middle of that.