A member of the Democratic Party , he previously served as the 23rd White House Chief of Staff from to , and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Chicago between and Working early in his career in Democratic politics, Emanuel was appointed as director of the finance committee for Bill Clinton 's presidential campaign. In , he joined the Clinton administration , where he served as the assistant to the president for political affairs and as the Senior Advisor to the President for policy and strategy. In , Emanuel ran for the seat in the U. House of Representatives vacated by Rod Blagojevich , who resigned to become governor of Illinois.
Same-sex marriage in Illinois
Obama endorses gay marriage proposal in Illinois | Reuters
Illinois already has a civil-union law on the books, but a bill to legalize same-sex marriages could come up as soon as this week, Washington correspondent Lynn Sweet reports. Sponsors want to put it to a vote in the January lame-duck session. The president, a former Illinois state senator from Chicago, previously did not support same-sex marriage. He says he has struggled with the issue and finally threw his support behind it earlier this year. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, says he now supports same-sex marriage. Although the General Assembly is dominated by Democrats — the party that typically supports gay rights — some party members hail from more socially conservative areas of the state. We are introducing you to an artist devoting her work to investigating why Chicago neighborhoods just miles apart, can feel and look like worlds apart.
Obama's Former Church Supports Gay Marriage: Trinity Pastor Speaks Out
Ahead of a vote that could come early next month, President Barack Obama is pushing for lawmakers in his home state of Illinois to legalize gay marriage. White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet Sunday that the president "believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect" and that, were he still a member of the Illinois state legislature, " he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally. A bill to bring marriage equality to the Prairie State, setting the stage for Illinois to potentially become the tenth state to approve same-sex marriage, will be introduced in early January during the upcoming legislative lame-duck session.
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