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Sneed: Gov. Pat Quinn sees same-sex marriage bill as ‘road to social justice’

Illinois Gov. PQuinn signs Religious Freedom Marriage Fairness Act inlaw during ceremonies campus University Illinois Chicago Wednesday Nov. 20 2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: December 23, 2013 2:42PM



Quinn’s bin is full of love . . .

Gov. Pat Quinn, who carries pencil stubs in his populist pocket for note-taking, must have spent the weekend practicing penmanship.

◆ To wit: He used 100 pens to sign his name once on the historic same-sex marriage bill Wednesday.

“Nobody should be relegated to second-class status when it comes to love,” Quinn said.

It’s a miracle his hand didn’t cramp.

“It didn’t, but maybe that’s the adrenaline pumping,” said a Sneed source, who added that Quinn did something he had never done before: He signed his full name, “Patrick Joseph Quinn,” on the bill.

”That way the governor had more room to use 100 pens,” the source added.

Sneed also is told:

◆ The governor personally selected the music played during the signing: “One Fine Day,”,“America The Beautiful” and Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration.”

◆ He read through the Gettysburg Address several times the night before he signed the document.

◆ He singled out the Bible passage he used at the signing ceremony from a pocket Bible he often carries with him. “It’s about St. Paul changing his perspective after getting thrown off his horse on the road to Damascus,” a Quinn source said. “That’s what the signing of this bill meant. The road to social justice.”

Sight seen . . .

◆ Wow: Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose brilliant arm-twisting was needed to pass the historic bill, rarely attends bill signings — but he was there.

◆ Not seen: Senate President John Cullerton, who also helped push the bill into reality, was in Hawaii. On official business, of course.

The exorcist geek . . .

Is Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, who heads the Roman Catholic diocese of Springfield, one brick short of a load?

Sneed hears Paprocki’s decision to conduct a prayer service Wednesday to “exorcise” the evil of the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois even caused Cardinal Francis George — whose nephew is gay — to flinch.

“I am told the cardinal was embarrassed by Paprocki’s decision to conduct such a service,” said a Sneed source.

Sneed is told Paprocki “didn’t have to get permission from the cardinal to conduct the prayer service,” a second source said. “Paprocki’s boss is the pope. But it’s hard to imagine Pope Francis thinking this was a wise move in the era of understanding he is trying to create.”

Has Paprocki’s ego ballooned since his ordination as a bishop?

Several sources tell Sneed that Paprocki told the congregation during his ordination at Holy Name Cathedral that he had gone to his mother’s house, rung the doorbell, and when she answered the door he asked: “Get out the linen and good china because your son is being ordained a bishop and is coming to lunch.”

Maybe Paprocki isn’t out to lunch, but he sure needs to get a grip on reality.

Pier place . . .

Sneed is told that new Navy Pier chief Bill Brodsky wears a triple crown.

◆ Translation: Brodsky, who has been given the go-ahead by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to spiff up the aging pier, is still executive chairman of the Chicago Board Options Exchange; chairman of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital board . . . as well as the new Navy Pier potentate.

This is what you call retirement?

“We have a mandate to take the pier to the next level,” Brodsky said. “It’s tired.”

Sneedlings . . .

Thursday’s birthdays: Carly Rae Jepsen, 28; Goldie Hawn, 68; Ken Griffey Jr., 44, and Giovanni Denigris, ageless.



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