Rahm Emanuel: ‘I’ll Push For’ Marriage Equality | While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is not sure if he supports marriage equality, Chicago mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel promised to advocate for legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. “I’ll push for it because it is consistent with the values base, and the practical values base, that I think is right as a city, as a state and as a country,” he said. “If you have two loving adults, that should actually be held up as a positive, whether it’s male or female, but in this case female-female, male-male. I think that’s proper, and we shouldn’t as a state discriminate.” Illinois recently enacted civil unions.