An interesting development in the push for civil unions in Illinois. Reportedly, some state legislators who were against the bill will now support it, thanks to the personal intervention of one of President-elect Barack Obama's most trusted advisors.
Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate reports "the campaign offered Valerie Jarrett, a respected Chicago figure and senior adviser to the campaign, to make six calls to state representatives who were on the fence about backing the legislation. Two of those legislators have since indicated their support, and, according to [Rick Garcia, director of public policy at Equality Illinois], 'we may call a civil unions in the house in two weeks.' If not, Garcia was confident they would take a vote on the bill in January."
This is great news for anyone who knows Chicago politics. Jarrett—seen above with Obama in a recent Newsweek cover story—is black and is a great bridge between the old guard black community, the Daley Administration where she once was a cabinet official and the new Obama Administration . If anyone can convince a few reluctant black state legislators to buck the tide and support civil unions, it would be Valerie Jarrett.
Obama Adviser Made Calls for Civil Unions [Election 2008]