Emanuel Joins Mayors’ Group Backing Same-Sex Marriage

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a brief, but productive, trip to Washington, D.C. on Friday, joining mayors from across the United States in supporting the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

The mayor is attending the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry group in Washington, D.C. on Friday. The group is being launched as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 80th Winter meeting, at which Emanuel is set to speak.

Emanuel said Thursday he is going the support the group’s aims because he thinks it is the right thing to day and his consistent with the nation’s values.

More than 75 mayors have pledged to support marriage equality, according to the organizers of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

The mayors who have taken the pledge include Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Among the others besides Emanuel are Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, the Chicago Phoenix reports. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa char the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Group.

Emanuel supported the Illinois General Assembly in its legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples last year. He officiated at the civil union of one of his staffers.

Also Friday, in a 15-minute speech, the mayor outlined his plans to offer Chicago’s city colleges students a new college-to-career track.

“The best arsenals are community colleges,” Emanuel told his peers. “And they have been on the sidelines of workforce development.”

The mayor left almost immediately after his speech, quickly covering the few blocks to the White House complex, where he had a private meeting with his former boss, President Obama. He left, still talking on the phone to those he couldn’t visit personally, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

Emanuel would only say his confab with the president was productive and dealt with a range of issues. Presumably that included the upcoming NATO/G8 summits that will be held in Chicago.

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  • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

    Guberment being involved in marriage in any way whatsoever is a recent historical happening that FYI in the US was instituted to try and prevent blacks and whites from marrying.

    Government does not belong in marriage. Government is there only there to protect our rights, not to make up rules concerning marriage.

    Their involvement in marriage perverts what is supposed to be a contract between 2 people and God. This reminds me of the Guberment school debacle… they need to get the Hades out of both.


  • Wolf

    Instead of restructuring the bloated public sector operations and reducing the tax burdens on citizens…this illegitimate Mayor spends time on unimportant and nonsensical issues…amazing how these criminals and idiots get elected…

    • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

      Ditto that is their plan. It keeps us divided.

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    So Rahm’s back in his home town? Oh, wait. Never mind.

  • JohnQPublic 2010

    These ignorant politicians don’t care one bit about the children that go to bed hungry every night. Nor do they have the time to act on the medical needs of all of us. All they worry about is where to eek out a few more votes for the next election. These politicians should stop wasting time “protecting the religious extremists and the genetically deficient in our midst.

    • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

      John FYI it’s your responsibility to take care of your medical needs this is NOT the soviet union.

      There is a rub in what I said however. There is a medical monopoly that makes things cost at least 4 times what they should. There is no competition to the medical monopoly they call it practicing medicine without a license. There is no first amendment for those selling natural products. The FDA is banning alternative health products. The USDA food pyramid is upside down and the product of being bought off by big ag. An insurance policy is illegal to sell that contains just the few provisions that I want to buy. All food in the super market has chemicals in it that make us sick.

      In other words we have a monopolist / fascist medical system. That John is what needs fixed! Get us a free market medical system and we can get back to taking care of our own medical needs.

      You are asking for more of the same by going to government… they created the problem in the first place.

  • Clear

    Emanuel said Thursday he is going the support the group’s aims because he thinks it is the right thing to day and is consistent with the nation’s values. Hmmm, that about sums up our nation’s values. Forget about heath care for all, Social Security problems “caused by our nation’s values ” the unemployment rate which is up no matter what statistics they throw out to the public, etc, etc.

    • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

      What a fuc*king psychopath. Hades deserves this SOB. Is there nothing that he thinks government should be involved in?

  • Afro

    These muthr fukrs need to stay in the towns they were elected to.

  • Afro

    City Hall
    121 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60602

    By Phone:

    Dial 311 (within Chicago)

    If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000
    Tell this stupid fuk to stay in his own Gawdam town

  • malcom

    so the Godless liberals want to FORCE their agenda on the Christians and conservatives. They should be charged and treated as bullies to the public. No one can force you to believe what you don’t believe in. And just because you don’t believe in God that won’t help you when he sends you liberals to hell.

    • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

      My take take in it malcom is that nothing is being forced on me at least in the moral sense. They are not making me marry anyone and for the record I as a Christian think that a state marriage is an insult to God.

      In effect you are asking the state to marry you rather than God. Can you say false idol?

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