Chicago Mayor Emanuel Chooses Gay Marriage Over "Safer Streets"


Last year, one of Mayor Emanuel's top three priorities was "safer streets". A year later, homicides are up 38% in Chicago, and instead of "safe streets" the Mayor's new priority is gay marriage:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday ranked legalizing gay marriage as his No. 3 legislative priority in Springfield — behind pension reform and a Chicago casino — and said he plans to get “very involved” in passing a gay marriage bill.

... Asked how involved he was willing to get in the fight for gay marriage, Emanuel said he planned to be “very involved.” That apparently means putting his notorious powers of persuasion to work on reluctant Chicago lawmakers. “While Illinois led the way nationwide with civil unions, it is time now that we take the next step, which I said when we had a ceremony in Millennium Park. This is the first step toward marriage equality, and I hope that we will take that step and I will lead an effort,” he said. -- Chicago Sun-Times