R.T. Rybak's "Marry Me in Mpls" campaign inspires marriage equality cause in Illinois

Rybak's campaign has lit a fire under one of Illinois's Democratic leaders.

Rybak's campaign has lit a fire under one of Illinois's Democratic leaders.

Earlier this month, R.T. Rybak traveled to Chicago to unveil the "Marry Me in Minneapolis" campaign.

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"I hope the day comes very soon that all Illinoisans can marry the person that they love, and I strongly encourage the legislature and Governor Quinn to pass marriage equality as soon as possible," Rybak said in a press release. "But until that day comes, I'm here to steal your business."


That message was heard loud and clear by at least one legislative leader in Illinois, as a letter sent by Democratic House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie to her colleagues calls on them to pass a marriage equality bill this fall and cites Rybak's campaign as a reason why it's important to do it sooner rather than later.

"Illinois has been missing out on this economic opportunity long before Minneapolis's mayor unleashed his advertising campaign in our state," Currie wrote. "For whichever reason moves you, it's time we stop playing second fiddle to our neighbors and do what is best for our state."

Earlier this year, a UCLA law school study estimated that legalizing same-sex marriage would give Minnesota's economy a lift to the tune of $45 million over the first three years. In Illinois, that number is considerably larger -- $103 million.

Illinois is currently one of four states to recognize same-sex civil unions.

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