Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois and Tom Carper of Delaware today joined 48 of their colleagues in support of gay marriage. How do the two announcements compare?
|Name||Tom Carper||Mark Kirk|
|In-state support|| 54 percent |
(as of March)
| 45.5 percent |
(as of February)
|Total Senate marriage supporters from their party||48||2|
|Announcement format||Blog post|
|Length of announcement||121 words||69 words|
|Rationale||"[The Golden Rule] calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated."||"Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most." (Kirk suffered a stroke last year.)|
|Description of what he supports||"I'm endorsing marriage equality."||"Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage."|
|Margin of victory, last election||38 points (2012)||1.6 points (2010)|
|Possible future opponents||TBD||Michelle Obama|
|Facebook likes, as of writing||2,856||146|
|Most liked comment in response|| Staci Lewis: |
"While it warms my heart that you are endorsing a basic human right for those who probably represent a large portion of your supporters, it is upsetting to me that it appears to have been a difficult decision. I thank you and hope your colleagues follow in your footsteps."
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