Why would anyone assume that the man who served as Obama's chief of staff and Clinton's senior political director supported anything less than full LGBT equality? Rahm Emanuel has always "personally" supported marriage equality, the front-runner Chicago mayoral candidate tells Windy City Times.
WINDY CITY TIMES: The Defense of Marriage Act was signed in 1996. Do you feel that it should be repealed?
RAHM EMANUEL Yes. Always have. You can go back to my questionnaire when I ran for Congress that was in your own paper.
WCT: So, back in '96 do you think that Clinton should not have signed it?
EMANUEL: 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 I believe that legislation should be repealed.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.
Emanuel is described as the "prohibitive favorite" in the race. A new Tribune/WGN poll released this week found Emanuel comfortably leading the crowded mayoral field "with support of 32 percent of voters, just ahead of 30 percent who were undecided, making him the only candidate in double-digits with more than two months before the Feb. 22 city election.
For three days this week, election officials heard testimony on residency challenges to his Emanuel's candidacy. A decision is due next week.