Minn. mayor bids for Ill. gay couples’ weddings

Minn. mayor in Chicago hoping to lure Illinois gay couples northward to marry, open checkbooks
Minn. mayor bids for Ill. gay couples’ weddings

The mayor of Minneapolis is coming to Chicago in hopes he can convince gay and lesbian couples to think about getting married in his city.

R.T. Rybak is scheduled to appear Thursday in a predominantly gay neighborhood to personally invite couples frustrated by Illinois’ lack of a gay marriage law to get married in Minneapolis. He says that would pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

He plans similar visits to Colorado and Wisconsin. Same-sex marriage was recently legalized in Minnesota.

Several Chicago and Illinois officials reacted to Rybak’s effort by calling again for state lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

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