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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs petition supporting marriage equality

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs petition supporting marriage equality

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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