Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he
hopes Illinois would follow New York's lead and legalize gay
On the first day civil unions took
effect in Illinois, Emanuel, who left his White House chief of staff
post to run for mayor of Chicago, officiated over the civil union of
one of his top staffers, David Spielfogel, chief of policy and
strategic planning, before celebrating the unions of 30 gay and
lesbian couples at a public event held in Millennium Park.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer
that aired Wednesday, Emanuel said he believes gay marriage is a
“It is a significant issue,”
told Blitzer. “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.”
The 51-year-old first-term mayor ducked
a question on whether he believes it's significant or not that
President Barack Obama has so far refused to endorse the institution.
On Wednesday, Obama
dodged the question a second time in as many weeks.