Minn. mayor bids for Ill. gay couples' weddings
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who recently married 46 same-sex couples following his state's passage of a law legalizing gay weddings, holds a advertisement as he appears at the Center on Halsted, in a predominantly gay neighborhood, Thursday, Sept. 5, 20136, , in Chicago. The mayor is visiting Chicago to launch a campaign called "Marry Me in Minneapolis." He plans to follow with campaigns in Colorado and Wisconsin, two other states that haven't approved same-sex marriage. Rybak is trying to convince Chicagoans that rather than take a long and expensive plane trip to one of the coasts, just drive six hours to his city. Recently, many gay couples in the Midwest have said their vows in Iowa, the only state directly bordering Illinois that allows same-sex weddings. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 am
CHICAGO (AP) - Calling their hometown a "Second City in human rights," the mayor of Minneapolis told Chicago gays and lesbians during a visit Thursday that they should consider holding their marriages in his city rather than continue waiting for Illinois to legalize them.
Appearing in a predominantly gay Chicago neighborhood, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he plans to capitalize on what he sees as a competitive advantage over most other Midwestern states when it comes to gay marriages. Minnesota recently legalized gay weddings, but the Illinois Legislature adjourned its last session without a final vote.
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