In a June 4 ruling the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The Court’s very narrow ruling disappointed and caused concern about people’s freedoms and liberties.
The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago have strong anti-discrimination legislation. I was proud to support the Chicago Human Relations Ordinance, the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance and the strengthening of the Illinois Human Rights Act. I have stood with and worked with civil rights advocates to make sure our local and state legislation prohibit discrimination. There is no room for discrimination and bigotry in our state.
As Mayor of the City of Chicago I pledge that I will make sure our Human Relations Ordinance is fully enforced and will fight any effort to weaken it.
We are a diverse city and I pledge to celebrate that diversity and to make sure all of our citizens are protected from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and credit transactions and that all our citizens are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Our LGBTQ community has made great gains, but so much more needs to be done. As always, I stand with you!
Happy Pride Month Chicago!
– Dorothy Brown