State’s Atty. Alvarez, County Clerk Orr show leadership, guts for marriage equality

I know my blog is called “After the Story,” but technically this is “Before the Story.” I’ll be heading out to the actual press conference in a few minutes, down the street at Daley Plaza.

Editor-in-Chief Tony Merevick and Chicago Phoenix scooped today, the first among the LGBT news publications to break news that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will be filing a motion for Cook County Clerk David Orr, who was served lawsuits for his inability by law to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in support of marriage equality and advising that the Illinois same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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My take? First of all, I love David Orr. He’s said time and time again, despite the law that ties his hands from doing so, he desperately wants to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

However, I did not support Anita Alvarez when she ran to be our chief prosecutor in 2008. Since then, Atty. Alvarez has been consistently making moves that prove leadership.

It is not enough to scout the future political winds. That’s not leadership. It is another to actually act ahead of the majority and take the punches along the way. Atty. Alavarez is showing leadership on the issue of marriage equality, actually heading out into the wilds to build an outpost and wait a while for the others to catch up.

Thanks, Atty. Alvarez for this motion.

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