Chicago's anti-gay Mayoral hopeful Rev. James Meeks says that he will consider gay rights. The Chicago Democrat, in an interview with Fox Chicago, told the gay community not to worry because he'll probably be too busy to mess with their domestic partnerships and employee benefits.
"Now, if I were sitting around bored with nothing to do, that stuff might come up," Meeks said. "But I expect to be so busy with schools, crime and budget problems during my first term that I wouldn't have any time."
Meeks, 54, a state senator for the 15th District, is the pastor of a congregation of at least
Sounds a bit scary...
Not only is electing Meeks a drastic change to our current gay friendly Mayor's open-mindedness but it's also a human rights issue. His politics would literally set our cause back 30 years. And, do we want Chicago's potentially second African American Mayor to be worser than his predecessor. Mayor Harold Washington was a great friend to the gay community. As a state senator and a congressman, he sponsored gay rights legislation. As mayor, he established a committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues and signed the city's Human Rights Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation
Plus, we have gays taking political control across the city -- 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney is gay and so is North Side state Rep. Greg Harris; I can't imagine what he would do with them as Mayor. Rep. Greg Harris said it great when he told Progress Illinois, "The fact that [Meeks] could roll back the clock on rights that people have had for decades because he got 'bored' is totally unacceptable ... I don't think because of his views he can represent the entirety of Chicago."
Rep. Harris is absolutely right, he can't and doesn't represent the entirety of Chicago. Perhaps, his downfall may be that he's a pastor; Meeks may never be able to condone homosexuality. And, if you can't separate your beliefs and what's good for the city of Chicago, you don't need to be Mayor - he clearly has trouble separating church and state. Furthermore, his openly homophobic comments should let Chicago know that he's not the right person for the job.
Do us a favor, Meeks, don't run for Mayor! You'll embarass yourself...again.