Minneapolis hopes to turn same-sex marriage law into tourism dollars

MPR
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September 4, 2013

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is hoping to turn Minnesota's new marriage law into a tourism opportunity.

The 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 Rybak. "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."