01/19/2012 11:56 am ET

Rahm Emanuel Gay Marriage: Chicago Mayor Joins Push For Marriage Equality

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times:

Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed onto a nationwide campaign in support of same-sex marriage, joining 70 other mayors to do so in a massive push for marriage equality.

The Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign U.S. will launch Jan. 20 at Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., according to a statement from Freedom to Marry.

The initiative has drawn support from 70 mayors thus far, including at least four Illinois mayors.

According to Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Waukegan Mayor Robert G. Sabonjian have also signed on. Cherkasov could not immediately confirm the third, but did confirm that Mayor Emanuel had pledged his support.

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WATCH the mayor discuss marriage equality in a CNN interview last year: