Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Launches Campaign to Promote Marriage Equality Tourism

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants gay couples to come to Minnesota and get married, MPR News reports:

RybakThe Democratic mayor officiated 46 same-sex weddings on August 1, when the new law went into effect. He's inviting same-sex couples from other states to hold their ceremonies in Minneapolis.

Rybak is traveling to Chicago this week to launch an ad campaign, followed by visits to Madison, Milwaukee and Denver.

"Heck, if we get 30 couples from Chicago to come up here and do a wedding, that's 30 weddings, 30 wedding parties, 30 rentals of great places, 30 florists," said Rubak. "You begin to ripple that through the economy — now it's assumed we're going to get more than 30 — that's a lot of money…We really think this could have a very significant financial impact."

The Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association, a co-sponsor of Rybak's campaign, is offering free wedding planning services to interested couples.


  1. manbot says

    My husband and I will be coming from California to MSP on 9/19 for the wedding of my cousin and his fiance. So, while it might be good to court the Dakotas and other neighboring couples, don’t forget about the tremendous economic (and emotional) impacts that come with allowing Minnesota’s own get married—they have lots of family that live in warmer places, all willing to come to Minnesota for such a special event. That’s airport taxes, TOT taxes on hotel rooms, car rental, gifts and gratuities all being shelled out by California folks that otherwise wouldn’t have much reason for going to Minnesota.

    Then again, maybe Illinois, Ohio and Michigan should pay attention. All those folks going to Minnesota and Iowa for weddings that WILL be recognized by the Feds for tax and benefit purposes has got to be causing those governors ulcers at some level, especially if they are the so-called “Pro-business” politicians they say they are.

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