Look: I’m loyal to President Clinton. I’m loyal to President Obama. What my advice was… I don’t need to get into what I personally advised them or what my own sympathies were. I believe that legislation [DOMA] should be repealed. I believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to get married. That’s why I thought the civil unions [ are ] the right thing to do, but it’s only the first step toward an ultimate goal. If you look into my record when I was a United States congressman, I sponsored the legislation and I was clear about the legislation, and I worked with the leadership in moving legislation. What I did in the White House for the presidents is … I’ve got to respect the privacy [ regarding ] how I give advice.
—Rahm Emanuel, former Obama chief of staff and current Chicago mayoral candidate, who believes Democrats do not take the LGBT “for granted,” voicing support for repealing DOMA and enacting civil unions [via]