Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to see same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is not legal to enjoy the same joy of gay couples in Minnesota. As ABC News reports on September 5, Ryback is launching the “Marry Me in Minneapolis” campaign aimed at persuading frustrated couples in states that have not Ok’d same-sex marriage to travel to Minnesota for their weddings.
Rybak’s first focus is the state of Illinois where he is headed on Thursday and will do his lobbying in a predominantly gay neighborhood in Chicago. The campaign will help gay couples but it will also help drive the economy in the state of Minnesota as gay couples would spend lot to money on things while they are there.
Rybak’s main message is that gay couples in the midwest will no longer have to travel to the east coast to get married or even to Iowa. He is promoting Minnesota as another option. As hopes are still alive that Illinois will be one of the next states to legalize gay marriage, the Minneapolis mayor doesn’t feel couples should have to wait any longer for the rights he believes they deserve.
“I love Chicago and love to come spend money there, but if people there don’t get the rights they deserve, I am more than happy to have them come and spend their money in Minneapolis.”
But Rybak’s campaign is not all positive for everyone. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emauel isn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of couples driving to Minnesota to spend their money.
“Failing to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples is bad for Chicago, bad for Illinois and bad for our local economy and the jobs it creates. Our robust tourism and hospitality industries will thrive most fully when our state hand out the ‘welcome’ sign for everyone.”
Extending same-sex marriage rights in the state of Illinois would help drive the economy which would serve two purposes for the state, but people’s rights should come first. Rybak’s campaign does promote marriage equality but at the same time the focus seems more on driving the economy. Mayor R.T. Ryback will also visit the states of Colorado and Wisconsin in hopes to convince couples there to have theirs same-sex weddings in Minnesota.