Emanuel Pushes For Gay Marriage In Illinois

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pledging to push for legalizing gay marriage in Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Mayor Emanuel says he will continue to push for same-sex marriage because he believes two people who love each other and share their lives should have the same rights as other couples regardless of gender.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“I support both the civil union and ultimately, gay marriage, because I think discrimination is embedded deeper than just recognizing a marriage or recognizing a civil union,” Emanuel said. “We need that recognizing the love between two adults also has a series of rippling effects through a series of policies, public and private, that we all take as a given, and is not true for gay and lesbian couples.”

Last week, Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) introduced a bill that would give same-sex couples full marriage rights in Illinois.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, H.B. 5170, with co-sponsor Reps. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) and Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) signing on.

The proposed legislation declares that “all laws of this State applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children; parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the marriage is of a same-sex or different-sex couple, have the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under law.”

Harris was a lead architect of bill that legalized civil unions in Illinois last year. He has introduced bills for full same-sex marriage rights previously, but has not been successful.

Currently, the State of Illinois still bans same-sex marriage by statute. But last year, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples.

Full same-sex marriage rights are currently available in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa and the District of Columbia.

This past Monday, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregiore signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in that state, although the bill will not take effect until at least early June.

Same-sex marriage was also legal in California after a state Supreme Court decision in June 2008, but that decision was overturned by Proposition 8 five months later. Last week, a federal appeals panel struck down Prop 8, but same-sex marriages cannot resume until the appeals process is exhausted.

In Maryland this week, a state House committee also voted in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage there.

  • Toonces

    Marriage = one man + one woman. We have civil unions for gay couples here. Quinn got somthing right for once.

  • gar-son

    Marriage is meant for a man and a women. Christ makes that clear!

    • Jose

      Where did he make that clear? I find it odd that anything in the bible is clear because it all contradicts itself. Let me ask you–can he be seen or can he not be seen? Is he cuddly and loving of everyone or does he bear a sword to turn men against their sons? I don’t know, kind of a tough judgment call there.

  • Ken

    “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” – Romans 1:28-32

    • Jose

      Yeah, whatever. Take your old desert tale quotes and read them to someone who cares. Your book contradicts itself more than Catch 22.

  • Jim

    Always vote Republican!

    • Jose

      LMAO. Yeah. Right on that. Let me just make sure my flying pig’s wings are healthy enough for lift off first.

  • juju

    Vote Republican like Michelle Bachman. Ever see her hunk of a man. Now I know what the sistahs mean by being on the down-low.

    • Jose

      Right, because that’s what’s so important about politics these days.

  • Jim

    Emanuel thinks something is “deeply embeded.” I bet. I wonder about the guy, really I do. So will multiple partners also be able to marry? What about incest? Are all degrees of consanguinity also unconstitutional. He is likely gay and certainly dangerous.

    • Ann

      How is being gay dangerous? It makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever.

    • Jose

      Ridiculous. Your post is about as dumb as everyone posting bibilical quotes.

  • Rob

    Typical reaction of ignorance. No one has mentioned legalizing polygamy, incest or any other degree of consanguinity. Allowing two, that’s two committed people the right to marry and share their lives is what these individuals are seeking. I am sure that you wouldn’t want someone telling you who you could and could not marry. So, who are you to tell them? Try research, understanding and having an open mind about things. If you are unwilling to try that, then mind your own damn business.

    • Jim in Houston

      Try pulling your head out of your gay butt.

      • Ann

        Omg. Grow up and get YOUR head out of YOUR ass.

    • Frank

      AMEN ROB. All these people in here probably wonder when and why people choose to be gay. Well I know it is NOT a choice. Question I have for everyone is, WHEN IN YOUR LIFE DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE STRAIGHT?

  • Jim in Houston

    Does his wife know he is gay?

  • Socialist Pig

    What happened. Is Mayor Emanuel dating someone he wants to marry?

  • Mornac

    “Mayor Emanuel … believes two people who love each other and share their lives should have the same rights as other couples regardless of gender.”

    –Interesting. So Emanuel would have no problem with his son asking him for one of his daughtrers hands in marriage. Strange fellow, our Mayor

  • Jamie

    Marriage, Civil Union, whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t matter… the point is to allow two same sex people who love each other and want to share their lives together, the same rights and responsibilities that marriage between a man and a woman receive. I am a woman engaged to another wonderful woman, and while we can have a civil union here in Illinois, we don’t receive the rights/benefits that married couples do… we cannot file joint federal tax returns, I have to pay for her health insurance through my paycheck after tax (not pre-tax), and there are other things as well. I dont care if I get ‘married’ or ‘joined in a civil union’ or whatever… I just want to have the same benefits that an opposite sex married couple has!

    • Jose

      My hat’s off to you and your fiance. I find it sick that anyone would be against the joining of two families for such petty reasons.

  • Jenna

    I don’t see why it’s a big deal if two people who are the same sex want to get married. Isn’t marriage two people devoting their lives to each other? Why deny gay couples the right to be together the same way as straight couple. I think anyone who opposes gay marriage is ignorant and pathetic.

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