Voice for Equality: Mayor Richard M. Daley
August 31, 2009
Richard M. Daley is a member of the national and local Democratic Party and current Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. He was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. His 2007 re-election put him in position to become the longest-serving mayor in Chicago's history, a record currently held by his father, the late Richard J. Daley, should he remain in office beyond December 25, 2010.
"A lot of people are opposed to it. So be it. But again, you have to point out the strength of that community; they're doctors, they're lawyers, they're journalists, they're politicians, they're someone's son or daughter, they're someone's mother or father.
"They're parents, and I have been with them. They've adopted children. They have wonderful children. To me, we have to understand this is part and parcel of our families and our extended families.
"They love each other, just as much as anyone else. They believe that the benefits they don't have, they should have. And so I have a very open mind on it.
"People have to look at their own lives and at their own marriages. Don't blame the gay, lesbian, transgender community, please. Don't blame them for it."