Rep. Ford sticks his neck out
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
* This decision took some guts…
As you know, Ford (D-Chicago) was indicted by the feds for bank fraud. The charges seem a bit iffy and he was accompanied to the federal courts building by a large number of ministers from his district.
Many of those very same ministers oppose gay marriage, so Ford has been in a very tough spot. He could stand with the ministers on gay marriage, or break with them and risk not having that community support as his trial commences next April, after the Democratic primary.
* Rep. Ford obviously believes the gay marriage bill will pass this week or he probably wouldn’t have stuck his neck out…
I know of several other House members who want to vote for gay marriage but are afraid of a voter backlash. Ford ought to be an example for them.