Daley backs business set-asides for gay-owned firms

Here's the Tribune's story:

Mayor Richard Daley said today he would support an
effort to give preferential treatment in


city contracting to businesses
owned by gays and lesbians.

The city already sets aside a portion of contracts for businesses
owned by blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women. Now Ald. Thomas Tunney
(44th), the City Council's openly gay member, wants companies owned by
gays and lesbians to enjoy the same consideration in doing business
with the city.

"I think it's good," said Daley, who enjoys strong support from gays
and lesbians. "It helps small businesses. It helps businesses grow in
the city, and that's what you want."

I'm not for it, but here's a practical question: How do you certify that you're gay or lesbian? What's to stop straights from signing up? I suppose you'd have to sign an affidavit attesting to your sexual orientation. Would there be a new city department snooping around to check  out the most intimate details of your life? Considering the colorful (?) history of city inspectors, whose clouted relative will be checking you out?  


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  • I wrote about this too at "Feast of Fun: Chicago Now"

    It's a fun read and I hope you get a kick out of it.

  • In reply to MarcFelion:

    Thanks, Marc, for the insight and chuckles. So, what you're saying is that inspectors in the new Department of Sexual Orientation would all have to be gay, because straight inspectors couldn't pick out the phonies. Not bad; right there we've created more set-aside opportunities for gay employment. The Chicago Way.

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