(CNN)- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed his support for the recently passed New York same-sex marriage law telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday he would support similar legislation in Illinois.
"I would hope that the state would move in that direction" Emanuel said. "Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement and I think that's very important."
In New York, Gov. Cuomo signed the same-sex marriage measure after it passed a Republican-controlled Senate Friday night. The law will grant same-sex couples the right of inheritance, employer health benefits and state tax benefits.
As a mayoral candidate and mayor-elect, Emanuel advocated for civil union legislation in Illinois, which went into effect in early June. The law gives more limited but similar protections to same-sex married couples, including health care benefits.
"Within the first 30 days, I see a union between my senior advisor, he and his partner," Emanuel said. "Later that day, the governor and I went to a ceremony in Millennium Park where 30 couples, another member of my cabinet was getting married to her partner. They were getting joined in a civil union."
President Obama chose to stay mum about New York's same-sex legislation during Wednesday's press conference, but Emanuel, Obama's former White House Chief of Staff made sure to applaud similar steps the administration has taken.
"We know we have a hate crimes legislation nationally that was passed and signed by President Obama, that he repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Emanuel said, "We finally have a law that's in line with our values."
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