Metro Weekly

Chicago Mayor names June 20th ‘Parents Equality Day’

Moved to do so after celebrity chef Art Smith announced adoption of four children

No parent, regardless of who they love, should ever be treated as second class citizens in a society that was founded on the fundamental principal of equality for everyone under the law”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a proclamation following the establishment of ‘Parents Equality Day’ in Chicago, this Friday, June 20. The day will honor parents all parents in the city, with Mayor Rahm stating that “Every child deserves to grow up in a loving home with parents who teach them the values of compassion, diversity, celebrating differences, and treating everyone with respect.” Rahm was moved to establish the new celebratory day after meeting with celebrity chef Art Smith, who shared with Rahm his plans to adopt four siblings — two boys and two girls — with husband Jesus Salgueiro. Read Metro Weekly’s feature interview with Art Smith — where he discussed his D.C. wedding and life with his husband — here.

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