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Chicago mayor Emanuel praises ruling allowing gay couples to begin marrying

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Rahm Emanuel

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising a federal judge’s ruling that allows gay couple to marry immediately in Cook County.

In a statement, the former White House Chief of Staff says “love does not discriminate.” He adds: “All gays and lesbians in Cook County should have the right to marry.”

He said the city that’s home to the state’s most populated county “welcomes all couples to get married here.”

Earlier Friday, Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said same-sex marriages in Cook County didn’t need to wait until June 1 to wed. That’s when a state law allowing the practice goes into effect.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:26pm
  2. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:27pm
  3. Yayyyiiii big up Mr.Rahm Emanuel,many thanks xxx

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:28pm
  4. ALLLLélouIha

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:29pm
  5. Yippie :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:29pm
  6. Way to go Chi Town! Da Bears!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:35pm
  7. That’s great news for them! Now we just need the rest of the country to allow it. Honestly, what are they so afraid of? If they want to live in a country where laws are dictated by religion, why don’t they go move there?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:35pm
  8. Iran would be nice.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:51am
  9. About fuckin’ time he did something GOOD.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  10. GO CHICAGO!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:38pm
  11. thank you

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:44pm
  12. Bless his heart !

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:47pm
  13. Great job and congrats to all!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:48pm
  14. Yeaaaa buddy!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:50pm
  15. why should being gay have ANYTHING to do with it ?????

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:50pm
  16. He scares me! He looks like a 1920′s gangster. I think he ends all of his sentences with “Seeeeeeeeeeeee.”

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:52pm
  17. Does anyone know if those couples with a Domestic Partnership in Cook County will be granted a legal marriage at some point in the near future? I think Washington is doing this. Thanks for any insight into this matter.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:53pm
  18. Go Chicago!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:58pm
  19. Robbie. Domestic partnerships can be converted effective June 1 because they were not specifically addressed in this ruling.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:03pm
  20. Awesome :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:06pm
  21. Good.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:07pm
  22. after he closed down public schools

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:17pm
  23. Yeah for the “windy” city….good for you!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:33pm
  24. If this is how u want your city to go oh well but there will be a price to pay you children and your children’s children are the ones that will pay the price values will go tomorrow so we’ll go and the family will go be careful what you wish for there are always results

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:31pm
  25. what the hell are you talking about?

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:44am
  26. I think he is hot

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:39pm
  27. And that’s why we love this mayor! :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:47pm
  28. yes!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:56pm
  29. WOOT! Nice move, Cook County, nice move, Chicago!!!! :-) :-)

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:05am
  30. Wonderful

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:23am
  31. Cool

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:53am