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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: Minneapolis Mayor Rybak to Invite Same-Sex Chicago Couples to Marry in Minneapolis
WHAT: The Mayorof Minneapolis,R.T. Rybak, will unveil a new print and digital ad campaign that will run in Chicago-area publications that invites same-sex couples from Chicago to travel to Minneapolis to get legally married.
WHERE:Center on Halsted, the largest, most comprehensive LGBTQ community center in the Midwest.
3656 N. Halsted St.
Chicago IL 60613
MORE: Beginning at the stroke of midnight on August 1 and until almost 7:00 a.m. that morning, Mayor Rybak personally performed 46 same-sex weddings in the Rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall, an event that was two months in the planning. Photo essays of that extensively-covered historic night are here and here, with background on how it came to be here.
Mayor Rybak is a long-standing advocate for the freedom for all couples to marry and was a leader in the fight to enact marriage equality in Minnesota. He strongly encourages the Legislature and Governor Quinn to pass marriage equality in Illinois — but until they do, he wants same-sex Chicago and Illinois couples to marry in Minneapolis.
The ad campaign is in partnership with Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association.
Mayor R.T. Rybak, who was overwhelmingly elected to three terms as mayor of Minneapolis, is currently completing his 12th year in office and is not running for reelection in 2013.