Target: R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Goal: To applaud efforts to urge gay couples to finally reap the marriage benefits they deserve.
Following the recent changes to marriage policy, same-sex marriage benefits now transfer to any state, as long as the couple were legally married. Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, is seeing a bright opportunity. Only 13 states, including Washington D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Iowa and Minnesota being the only two located in the midwest. As a result of this, Rybak is advocating the use of his city for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. His latest ad campaign being called “I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis” is aimed at Chicago, Illinois, a city favorite of Rybak’s. The ad campaign is attempting to convince same-sex couples who live in areas that don’t allow gay marriage to visit Minneapolis, Minnesota and get hitched. Rybak wishes to extend his campaign to other midwest states that don’t support marriage equality. Rybak hopes to see same-sex marriage legalized in Chicago soon, but until then, he states he will gladly take the revenue for his city. If Chicago were to legalize gay marriage, there would be an estimated $103 million in revenue gain.
Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the one-man, one-woman definition of marriage as unconstitutional. On August 29th, 2013, the federal government followed up with an announcement stating that the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) will treat legally married same-sex couples as any other married couple, despite the state they may currently reside in. Such announcement diminishes the power state lines used to have in eliminating marriage benefits once setting foot in a state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.
R.T. Rybak has been an advocate for marriage equality since he first took office in 2002, and helped unite several same-sex couples only hours after gay marriage was legalized in Minneapolis on August 1st, 2013. Rybak also marches in the annual Twin Cities Pride Parade.
By signing the petition below, you will applaud Mayor Rybak’s gay marriage advocacy, and his “I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis” ad campaign. We should commend Rybak for urging same-sex couples across the midwest to take advantage of the more than 1,100 marriage benefits that are no longer bound to states certain states. While these policy changes may seem rather overdue, we should appreciate the progress our nation is making in providing marriage equality.
Dear R.T. Rybak,
I am writing to you today in regard to your recent ad campaign. I would like to applaud you for your same-sex marriage advocacy. Now that marriage benefits transfer state to state, I would also like to commend your efforts at urging gay and lesbian couples to claim the marriage benefits that have been withheld from them for so long. Many midwest states had acknowledged civil unions this year but many failed to pass any legislation allowing the marriage of same-sex couples. A recent UCLA think tank found that if the state of Illinois were to legalize same-sex marriage, an estimated $100 million could be collected in revenue. To hear that insane amount of money could be made from legalizing something that should have been legalized years ago, is truly baffling. I commend your efforts for spreading the word on the recent changes to gay marriage policy.
[Your Name Here]
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