Chicago Mayor’s Top 3 Priorities: Retirement, Casino And Gay Marriage

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s silver fox mayor, wants to gamble on legalizing gay marriage…right after he finishes gambling at a proposed casino for the city.

President Obama’s former Chief of Staff had previously expressed his desire for Illinois to follow in the steps of New York in legalizing same-sex marriage and with the victories in Maryland, Washington and Maine, he thinks that the time is nowish.

But there are a few things he’s got to clear off of  his plate first.

“One is retirement security and pension reform. … Two, I was advocating … a casino for Chicago, but one in which … all of the resources will go into building new schools and modernizing our schools. … Third, I will continue to advocate that we also pass marriage equality and end the discrimination on the books,” the mayor said. “Although the state of Illinois now has civil unions, the time for marriage equality is now. The time is right, and the time is here.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Emanuel plans to cut deals with Democratic legislative leaders now that both houses have “veto-proof Democratic majorities.”

The mayor plans to get “very involved”  in passing a gay marriage bill and has been in contact with State Representatives Greg Harris and Deb Mell, who introduced a bill nine months ago that subsequently stalled out in the House Rules Committee. The reps will try to get the bill through legislation again come January during a lame-duck session, though they’re not holding their breaths.

“We’ll try when we have the votes. Hopefully, that will be sooner than later. But, we’re not gonna run a bill if we’re not gonna pass it,” Mell told the Sun-Times. But they have a strong and tenacious ally in Emanuel, who vowed to pressure the Illinois General Assembly into approving gay marriage and extending pension benefits to domestic partners during his mayoral run.

“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,” Emanuel said. “This is the first step toward marriage equality, and I hope that we will take that step and I will lead an effort.”

While we applaud Rahm Emanuel and his commitment to equality, what’s the deal with the casino? Help out the schools anyway you can, we just hope Rahm doesn’t lose his shirt. Well, actually, since he works out seven days a week, maybe that wouldn’t be the worst thing…

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Thank You Rham Emanuel
    On Fox News: ‘Shut the Fuck Up. You
    Lost’ Please Excuse …

    Emanuel on Fox News: ‘Shut the Fuck Up. You Lost’

    (Embedded image moved to file: pic10450.jpg)Chicago mayor and
    former White House Chief-of-Staff Rham Emanuel tore into Fox
    News host Sean Hannity tonight on live television.

    Emanuel was on the conservative network to offer his opinion
    on the night’s election results, which saw his former boss
    Barack Obama reelected to the presidency for another four

    A devastated Hannity, however, was intent on using the
    occasion to vent his rage at the nights events and incessantly
    provoked Emanuel’s ire:

    “Is Barack Obama going to move to the center? Or is he going
    to continue his radical Socialist policies that are destroying
    America?” Hannity asked, beginning a rapid-fire sequence of
    badgering questions:

    ‘Is he going to start paying attention to ordinary Americans?
    Or his he going to continue his goverment of, by, and for the
    welfare queens?

    Is he going to ask the keep apologizing to our enemies? Or is
    he going to show some backbone and invade somebody?”

    “Is he ever going to release his real birth certificate? Or is
    he gonna contiuing lying to the American people about his
    Kenyan heritage?”

    Proverbs 11:2

    “Sean…sean…,” Emanuel interrupted,
    “Sean…sean…sean…sean…sean… … shut the fuck up. You
    Lost. Get over it and move on. Barack Obama is president for
    the next four years.”

    “No amount of childish whining will change that fact. Why
    don’t you start working on improving yourself as a person,
    rather than finding fault in others.”

    “At the moment you’re a terrible, cynical human being who gets
    rich off of other people’s ignorance. Your entire existence is
    defined by intellectual stupor and purposelessness. There’s
    not a single cell of your body that has any redeeming value
    whatsoever – not even the intestinal cells which host your

    “I feel deeply sorry for your children and your children’s
    children, who will have to bear the stain of their
    relationship to you for their entire lives.”

    “I am a dumber, coarser, less centered individual for even
    haven spoken to you, and I promise I will never repeat that
    mistake again.”

    Emanuel then removed his microphone and quietly walked off the
    (I haven’t been able to find this on You Tube. I think FOX smarmy wad Hannity took such a lashing that they’re afriad it would resonate with the masses. One big collective, “YES!”)

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