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Anti-Gay Chicago Mayoral Hopeful James Meeks Would Address Gay Rights if He Got Bored Enough

MyFox Chicago reports on State Senator James Meeks, who is working "feverishly behind the scenes to become the African-American community's 'consensus candidate'" for mayor now that Daley has announced his retirement:

Meeks "As pastor of one of the South Side's largest congregations, Rev. Meeks believes homosexuality is morally wrong. He says that teaching comes from the Christian Bible and the revealed Word of God. He opposes abortion for the same reason. As chairman of the General Assembly's Black Caucus, Meeks has been one of the most influential foes of legislation proposed by gay rights activists and others."

FOX asks Meeks how he would deal with hate crimes, civil unions, and other gay rights issues.

Said Meeks: "Now, if I were sitting around bored with nothing to do, that stuff might come up. But I expect to be so busy with schools, crime and budget problems during my first term that I wouldn't have any time."

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  1. i live in Chicago and this man has not snowballs chance in hell of getting elected. Chicago is run by a political machine, there is a reason Mayor Daly was in power for 25 me...that machine is still in place. Someone of that group will come in a swoop up the mayor race. The machine includes members of the gay community. The gay community in Chicaga is already imbeddded in the mayor's office...if you have never been to Chicago...go to boystown. Do you know the revenue that comes in from boystown alone? Mayor Daly did which is why we have a whole section of the city dedicated...make no bones about it, you know you are in boystown when you are there...not because of the bars of the people, but we have a whole street of steel rainbo colored pylons letting you know you are there.
    We have the largest gay and lesbian center in the country which was built with state funding.
    this man is just a loud mouth!! loud mouths do not get elected in the city.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 15, 2010 6:37:52 AM

  2. The next Mayor of Chicago is Rahm Emanuel and I am sorry to say that the primary and election is mere formality of a foregone conclusion. The multi-national corporations that run our Democracy have already made their decision. Tom Dashal will take Rahm's Chief of Staff role and life will go on.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 15, 2010 11:07:44 AM

  3. a former Chicago resident of 20 years, this guy has no chance whatsoever. The Northside of Chicago has been built up by the community and heavily supported by Mayor Daley for years. There is no way this guy is getting into office....the next mayor will have to support gay equal rights.

    Posted by: scb | Sep 15, 2010 12:00:00 PM

  4. and yes...the Chicago Political Machine, as one person commented, is still in place. This guy has no chance. He's a fool for even trying with a platform of "not having time." He's already lost.

    Posted by: scb | Sep 15, 2010 12:05:07 PM

  5. Little does he know that Herald Washington became the city's first mayor with support from the gay community. He has no shot of becoming mayor without the gays in his corner.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 15, 2010 4:04:05 PM

  6. Among the 10 largest cities in America, Chicago has the third highest poverty rate, with 21.6 percent of residents living under the poverty level, according to 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Now, let’s dig a little deeper into those figures. When we look at poverty among the African-American community, the number rises even higher. Approximately one in three African-Americans in Chicago or 32 percent, are in poverty. Chicago’s African-American poverty rate is close to being the highest minority poverty rate in the nation. Read more here...

    Posted by: | Mar 26, 2013 12:26:15 PM

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