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Watch Rahm Emanuel Get Choked Up Celebrating Marriage Equality

The mayor spoke to a crowd of hundreds at Sidetrack Video Bar on Friday after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

The big softie   Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

After the Supreme Court ruled this morning that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, almost everyone in Chicago knew where the party would be: Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted), the same bar that hosted the celebration after Illinois passed marriage equality and after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013.

The enormous bar, which has been a staple on Halsted Street since 1982, kicked off festivities at 1:30 p.m. on Friday with blaring music, free champagne, and speeches from a few notable politicians and activists in Illinois. State representative Greg Harris, state senator Heather Steans, representatives from Lambda Legal, and others all took to the podium this afternoon.

But it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel who everyone was there to see, and he took the stage in front of hundreds of partygoers to give a few remarks (and get a bit choked up at one moment, saying, "I want to thank you for speaking up. I want to thank you for speaking out. I want to thank you for never giving in and never giving up").

Listen to his speech here (voice cracking is around 1:05):

Video here, courtesy of Windy City Times (Rahm enters around the 7:30 mark):

For more photos and videos from Sidetrack, check out Windy City Times, but here’s a final one courtesy of the mayor’s office:

From left: Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Ald. Tom Tunney, Ald. Deb Mell, and Mayor Emanuel in a crowd of supporters Photo: Brooke Collins

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