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Minneapolis Mayor Wants To Lure Gay Couples To His City

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has a message for Illinois’ same-sex couples: Come north to get married.

He’s launching a “Marry Me in Minneapolis” campaign in Chicago that he hopes will prompt gay and lesbian couples who may be tired of waiting for Illinois to legalize gay marriage to marry in his city instea.

There are thousands of same-sex couples in Illinois. Rybak says if a fraction of them took him up on his offer, it could mean millions of dollars to his city as Minneapolis businesses profit on everything from hotel rooms to wedding cakes.

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