The magnitude of media coverage regarding same-sex marriage has inevitably subsided. One week has elapsed since the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban that California voters passed in 2008.
But two headlines Tuesday are reminders that the political support for same-sex marriage continues to grow not just in the United States Senate, but also around the world.
Here’s one story from the Associated Press filed from Chicago:
GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Tuesday became the second sitting Republican senator to endorse gay marriage — a move that also could shift the political debate over legalizing gay marriage in Kirk’s home state.
Kirk, who has opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, said in a post on his blog that “same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage.”
“Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most,” said Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January 2012. “Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.”
Kirk went through months of rehabilitation before returning to work in Washington this January. He said in his blog post that he promised himself he would return “with an open mind and greater respect for others.”
Kirk is Illinois’ ranking Republican lawmaker. His announcement brings to 50 the number of U.S. senators — the vast majority of them Democrats — who are on record in support of gay marriage, according to Freedom to Marry, a group that supports gay marriage.
Here’s another story from the Associated Press. This one was filed from Montevideo, Uruguay:
Uruguay’s Senate on Tuesday voted to legalize gay marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony for heterosexuals and homosexuals.
Senators voted 23-8 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the lower house in December. It must now return to the lower chamber of Congress with changes.
If approved, the law would make Uruguay the second nation in Latin America and the 12th in the world to legalize gay marriage. Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010.
It’s remarkable how quickly the landscape is changing regarding same-sex marriage. Who knows what it will look when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Prop. 8 case as well as the Defense of Marriage Act case in June.