Mark Kirk honored for gay rights support; Republican senator to receive Illinois Freedom Award at gala

February 8, 2014 7:48:00 PM PST
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was honored Saturday night by the civil rights organization Equality Illinois. The group held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago.

Equality Illinois works to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

Kirk received the Freedom Award for his support of marriage equality.

The Chicago Urban League, filmmaker Lana Wachowki and State Farm Insurance were also honored.