Rahm Wants Gay Marriage in Illinois Calls New York's gay marriage law 'very important' By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Jun 30, 2011 8:43 AM CDT 10 comments Comments Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at the opening of the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting, yesterday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (Newser) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes that the land of Lincoln will follow New York's lead on gay marriage, reports Politico. “I would hope that the state would move in that direction,” said Emanuel. “Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement. And I think that’s very important.” But Emanuel avoided criticizing President Obama's avoidance of endorsing all-out marriage for gay couples. “Whatever perspective I have, I’ll share with him,” Emanuel said.