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Kirk says he won't endorse anyone in GOP primary

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Republican Sen. Mark Kirk says he won't endorse any candidate in Illinois' GOP gubernatorial primary.

However, Kirk gave some advice. He contends the only way Republicans will take control of the governor's mansion is to be moderate on social issues.

Kirk said that includes accepting same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois. Kirk said he backs same-sex marriage and applauds the General Assembly for making it legal last week.

Kirk made the assertion Monday, following a Veterans Day ceremony at Buffalo Grove High School outside Chicago.

Of the four Republicans running in the GOP primary, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, state Sen. Bill Brady and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford say they oppose same-sex marriage. Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner hasn't revealed his position, but says the issue should have been decided by referendum.

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