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
State Delaware Illinois
In-state support 54 percent
(as of March)
45.5 percent
(as of February)
Party Democrat Republican
Total Senate marriage supporters from their party 48 2
Announcement format Facebook 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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