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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Says He Hopes Illinois Will Move in the Direction of Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview yesterday if Obama's refusal to endorse same-sex marriage was a big deal or little deal.

Emanuel refused to comment on what kind of deal Obama's position is on the issue, but stressed the progress that has been made for LGBT rights in his administration, and discussed civil unions in Illinois, noting that he hopes the Land of Lincoln would go further, perhaps the way of New York.

"It is a significant issue. I would hope that the state would move in that direction...Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement and I think that's very important."

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  1. Another good voice to have on our side. I have to think that Emanuel, like the rest of us, has some high admiration for Andrew Cuomo as an unapologetic progressive who pushed--and worked--to get his agenda through. Would that there were more of those.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jun 30, 2011 6:48:17 PM


  2. That's sweet of him, but I'd be willing to bet my next paycheck the vast majority of Chicago residents would prefer he tackle the out of control violent street crime and obscenely high taxes in Chicago.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 30, 2011 8:42:55 PM


  3. Illinois, California, and Maryland are next.

    Posted by: Damen | Jun 30, 2011 10:49:12 PM


  4. C’mon guys and gals, what harm does it do to his political career as mayor to endorse marriage equality in Chicago? I appreciate his sentiment, but he cannot get elected to statewide office with that attitude.

    Posted by: Gus | Jul 1, 2011 12:09:03 AM


  5. Maine will likely happen in 2012, too. :) There are a lot of people in Maine who want to stick it to the teabaggers after LePage managed to win the Governor's seat with only about 37% of the vote.

    Posted by: MDK | Jul 1, 2011 12:11:02 AM


  6. Obama was a bigot long before Emanuel became his Chief of Staff - Obama became a functional bigot years ago.

    And now Obama's in trouble. Big trouble. His base is melting. Even the AFL-CIOs misleaders decades of kowtowing to Democrats may be coming to an end. When it does the Democrats are toast.

    Obama's and Congress' bipartisan lax regulation set the stage for the Gulf oil spill and in a spirit of bipartisan unity, refused to indict BP, Haliburton and Massey Energy for interstate conspiracy to commit mass murder oil rig workers and miners.

    They're spreading the fires of war all over the Arab/musli­m world. Their policies are responsibl­e for mass murder in six nations (and counting) and continuing Bush's tax cuts for the rich and other trillion dollar giveaways.

    They killed the only health care reform that would do any good - socialized medicine. They offer the banksters bailouts instead of bail.

    Obama, who wants to give us four years of the same right wing crap may 'evolve' on this or that question. But it's too late for him. He's known to us. His Wall Street owners may drop him and choose a new right wing lesser evil. Win or lose the 30 million voters who deserted his party from 2,008 to 2010 know him for what he is - a paid political prostitute for the rich and for bigoted cults. He can't govern which is why he flails about on every side of every question except one - GLBT equality. He's against it.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 1, 2011 1:08:23 AM


  7. YES, Rahm... I WILL marry you!

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 1, 2011 1:50:24 AM


  8. That's sort of de rigeur for a Chicago mayor these days -- he'd be toast if he didn't say something like that. But it's easy to say -- I'd like to see him do something about it, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jul 1, 2011 5:54:24 AM


  9. I am a bit surprised at his statement, because I didn't think he is all that gay friendly, although he is not a stupid man...there is a lot of gay in this city. Boystown, where I live, is definitely becoming more straight :(
    However, the Halsted Street which is a mile long has tons of clubs and restaurants and gay owned businesses that, not to mention the gay and lesbian center...a 25 million dollar green facility...where Rahm spoke and had a fundraiser...this city attracts millions of gay tourists...don't forget IML, Market Days, and our pride parade which attracted 400,000 people this year.

    Also, as much as people wanna say that we are only blue in Chicago...while that may be true, the ones who have tried to wiggle there way in...the tea partier's didn't get in.

    i do see gay marriage happening here...especially because it is happening in the legislature and not in the courts.

    Civil unions where the first step...gay marriage and ending discrimination is next!!

    Posted by: paul | Jul 1, 2011 7:32:59 AM


  10. Ha ha ha ha ha. I love him.

    See, what you do in the White House and what you do as the mayor of a big city are two different things entirely. If you're working for the re-election of a US President you have to be careful to keep him away from the "militant" Gay activists. As Mayor of Chicago you'd better embrace the "militant" Gay activist if YOU want to be re-elected.

    I love American politics. I love Kentucky Bourbon too. Both are stimulating...for a moment.

    Bill Perdue, try some Old Grandad Bourbon. It'll help. Many American Communists took to the bottle after they realized the revolution would never take place here.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 1, 2011 9:03:48 AM


  11. I have hope that he will be a big part of the LGBT community in Chicago - he marched in the parade which his predecessor didn't do for 20 years. However he was one of the villains who helped put in DADT during the Clinton administration so he has to EARN my trust.

    Posted by: Eric in Chicago | Jul 1, 2011 10:41:54 AM


  12. I don't trust this guy one bit. He was part of the anti-liberal cabal in the Obama administration.

    Posted by: Joetx | Jul 1, 2011 11:15:41 AM


  13. Rahm Emmanuel will be a big help to the GLBT community... until it becomes even a slight political inconvenience for him, in which case, he won't. He may even decide to start "hippy punching" again (his favorite sport) by throwing gays under the bus.

    Emmanuel is pretty much the dictionary definition of a "fairweather friend." Trust him at your own peril.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jul 1, 2011 11:46:00 AM


  14. New Jersey is poised to take us from Civil Union to Marriage... in the courts, since we'll get nowhere with Christie in office. Kudos to Garden State Equality, Lambda Legal, and the seven couples who are leading this fight!

    Posted by: John | Jul 2, 2011 12:32:42 PM


  15. Bill Perdue, get over yourself or take a chill pill at least. And Rahm is actually kinda hot...

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jul 3, 2011 1:00:16 PM


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