Minneapolis mayor invites Milwaukee gay couples to wed
In Milwaukee today, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveiled a new ad campaign at the LGBT Community Center, called "I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis," that invites same-sex couples from Wisconsin to get legally married in Minnesota.
Rybak was joined by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin Katie Belanger, both of whom believe Wisconsin should enact marriage equality as well.
The "I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis" campaign will also run in Madison-area publications, while similar ads targeted at Chicago were unveiled in publications there last week.
"Minnesotans and Wisconsinites are almost like family: we know each other well and see each other often. Now, Milwaukeeans have another great reason to come see us in Minneapolis: to get married," Rybak said.
"Gay and lesbian couples from Milwaukee and across Wisconsin don't have to wait one more day to get legally married in Minneapolis. We're a supportive and welcoming city where we're ready to help them put together the wedding of their dreams."
In just one month since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, 1,640 same-sex Minnesota couples have applied for marriage licenses.
Regardless of your beliefs, this is a brilliant idea. I don't have any numbers to back up the amount of possible job creation, but we can presume that any couple that agrees to marry in Minnesota will open their wallets there and put money in Minnesotans pockets.
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