The Gay Mayor of Seattle Wants to Marry You

6.19.2014

By Neal Broverman

Well, he wants to officiate your wedding. It's all part of Seattle's campaign to have same-sex couples wed in the Emerald City.

Seattle's out mayor Ed Murray will officiate a free wedding for a lucky same-sex couple that gets married in the home of Starbucks and Amazon.

The "Marry Me in Seattle" campaign, which kicks off July 1, will promote Seattle as the perfect wedding destination, with its bustling downtown, beautiful Queen Anne homes, and iconic monuments like the Space Needle and Rem Koolhaus-designed central library. The highlight of the campaign is a sweepstakes where four couples will win lavish weddings in Seattle that includes airfare, hotel stays, and a ceremony with music, photography, champagne, beer, food, and free local transportation courtesy of Uber. Out mayor Murray will officiate the first wedding, which happens September 3.

"It's an honor to be part of this campaign and I look forward to officiating at the ceremonies for the lucky couples who win wedding trips to Seattle," Murray said in a statement. "I appreciate the work Visit Seattle is doing to bring more out-of-town LGBTQ visitors to Seattle and the new 'Marry Me in Seattle' campaign is a great example of that work."

Enter the sweepstakes here, starting July 1. Alaska Airlines, Seattle's Canlis restaurant, and the Renaissance Seattle Hotel are just a few of the businesses offering their services for the winning couples. Here Media, the parent company of Out Traveler, is one of the sponsors of the campaign.

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