CHICAGO - Chicago Alderman Deborah Mel - Rod Blagojevich's sister-in-law and former Alderman Dick Mel's daughter - announced via Twitter this week that she is divorcing the woman she married in Iowa three years ago.
Mel was a leading advocate for gay marriage when she served in the Illinois House. In 2010, Mel announced on the House floor her intention to marry her lesbian partner Christin Baker.
Mel's engagement announcement and push for gay marriage in Illinois was caught on video. Same sex couples began marrying legally in Illinois earlier this year.