Rybak urges out-state same-sex couples to get married in Minneapolis


Mayor R.T. Rybak unveiled a new ad campaign in Chicago on Sept. 5 urging same-sex couples in Illinois to book trips to Minneapolis to get married.

Same-sex couples aren’t allowed to get legally married in Illinois. Rybak is also planning trips to Milwaukee, Madison and Denver to promote the “I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis” campaign.

The campaign is a collaboration of local ad agency Zeus Jones, Meet Minneapolis and the Center on Halsted, a Chicago-based LGBTQ organization.

“I hope the day comes very soon that all Illinoisans can marry the person that they love, and I strongly encourage the Legislature and Governor Quinn to pass marriage equality as soon as possible — but until that day comes, I’m here to steal your business,” Rybak said.

Rybak married 46 same-sex couples at City Hall beginning midnight on Aug. 1 — the moment the Minnesota law legalizing gay marriage went into effect. Since then, 1,640 same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses throughout the state.

Meet Minneapolis is promoting free LGTB wedding-planning services as well.