Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said
Wednesday that he will lobby on behalf of a gay marriage bill, the
“I'll push for it because it is
consistent with the values base, and the practical values base, that
I think it is right as a city, as a state and as a country,”
The bill, which would make Illinois the
eighth state to legalize gay marriage, was introduced last week by
openly gay Representatives Greg Harris, Deb Mell and Kelly Cassidy.
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Emanuel last year supported passage of
a civil unions bill and officiated
over the civil union of a staffer on the law's first day.
The 52-year-old Emanuel is also an
inaugural member of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a group of
more than 80 U.S. Mayors who have pledged to support marriage
“If you have two loving adults, that
should actually be held up as a positive, whether it's male or
female, but in this case female-female, male-male,” Emanuel added.
“I think that's proper, and we shouldn't as a state discriminate.”