Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the group Fair Wisconsin got together Monday to showcase the new ads that will be popping up throughout Wisconsin enticing same-sex couples to get married in Minnesota.
Minnesota started allowing marriages to all couples in August and already 1,600 couples have tied the knot. But Monday’s gathering was more than just the launch of a new ad campaign; it was a clear message from organizers that Wisconsin is falling behind.
“The underlying message is that we have to change in Wisconsin,” said Soglin.
Soglin believes a new ad campaign promoting same-sex marriages in Minnesota should serve as a wake-up call to Wisconsin.
“We do have to understand that we’re lagging behind,” said Soglin.
“This is an amazing state, but Wisconsin does not have one thing that we have right now in Minnesota, and that is equal rights,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Rybak said though he likes the economic boom, he actually hopes it is short-lived.
“I don’t want a whole lot of money to come from the state of Wisconsin. I would rather have people here have the rights they deserve but until then, we’d like to encourage people to come to Minneapolis,” said Rybak.
If couples decide to get married in Minnesota they can file jointly on federal taxes but still have to do it individually in Wisconsin.
If Wisconsin took up the issue of same-sex marriages the issue would have to go through two legislatures and a statewide vote.