Minneapolis mayor encourages Wisconsin same-sex couples to marry in Minn.


by Lane Kimble

MILWAUKEE -- You don't see Wisconsin leaders encouraging people to leave the state very often, but Milwaukee County Exec. Chris Abele joined Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak in calling for same sex couples to journey into Minnesota to get married.

Abele and Rybak spoke with several gay rights leaders Monday morning at the LGBT Community Center on Market Street at 11 a.m.

Mayor Rybak helped marry 46 same sex couples in one night after Minnesota passed a gay marriage law August 1st.

Both leaders want to see Wisconsin become the next state to allow gay marriage.

But the push won't come easily.  Wisconsin voters said 'no' to gay marriage in 2006 with a constitutional amendment.  And Governor Walker has said gay marriage issues aren't likely to come up in the near future.

Even so, Mayor Rybak wants opponents to know he sees only benefits for Minnesota.

Both Abele and Rybak pointed to financial benefits for allowing gay marriage.  Rybak noted a study that showed allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois would bring in $100 million to the state's economy.



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