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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs petition supporting marriage equality

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed the “ILove Marriage” petition, pledging his support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to an announcement by Lambda Legal.

“Mayor Emanuel has been on the forefront in advocating for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois, we’re very pleased that he’s taken the step of signing the pledge to show his support for our efforts to bring marriage to Illinois,” said James L. Bennett, Midwest Regional Director for Lambda Legal, in a statement.

“As proud Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition partners, we urge everyone in Illinois who supports our freedom to marry to join Mayor Emanuel and sign the pledge and learn what you can do to bring marriage to Illinois,” said Bettett.

Emanuel’s endorsement joins a growing coalition of civic, religious and political leaders, including Gov. Pat Quinn, who have called on the state’s General Assembly to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.

The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) in the House, and by State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), in the Senate.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. I am pleased by this, though not surprised. His Honor may be many things and may not always make decisions that I can agree with, or even support, but I have never thought of him as a bigot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:51pm
  2. I always liked Rahm Emanuel so this does not supprise me.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:57pm
  3. Another step forward for equality and a judgment free earth.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:13pm
  4. good job

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:15pm
  5. Wicked! (As in cool)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:31pm
  6. this is horrible..WHY GAYS ARE RUINING THE WORLD.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:28pm
  7. HIP, HIP, HOORAY for Rahm Emanuel!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:31pm
  8. Great!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:40pm