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Sen. Mark Kirk Gives First Floor Speech Since His Stroke, Addresses LGBT Bill

The Republican Illinois senator has been recovering from a stroke he suffered in January 2012, but he took to the Senate floor Monday to discuss his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. "I think it's particularly appropriate for an Illinois Republican to speak on behalf of this measure in the true tradition of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln, the men who gave us the 1964 civil rights act and the thirteenth amendment to the constitution," he said.

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.

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