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?