Kirk “Strongly Oppose” What Governor Pence did in Indiana, Says Discriminatory Law is Un-American

Kirk Statement on Indiana’s Discrimination Law

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana:

“I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”

Background:

  • Senator Kirk was one of 11 Republican senators to vote for the Schatz Amendment to grant married same-sex couples full access to Social Security and veterans benefits.
  • Last month, Senator Kirk signed an amicus brief, filed in the DeBoer v. Snyder case before the Supreme Court, in support of same-sex couples’ right to marry.
  • In 2013, Senator Kirk was the second Republican senator to voice support for same-sex marriage.
  • Senator Kirk was the lead Republican sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which passed the Senate in the 113th Congress.