Hawaii same-sex marriages begin, boost economy

Hawaii same-sex marriage supporters

(Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

BY CATHERINE MORPETH

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Hawaii, now the fifteenth state with marriage equality, began hosting its first same-sex weddings early on Monday, December 2, when the new law took effect. The law allows people to register for a license and marry within the same day, which will allow tourists to marry when only in the state for a short time.

The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization has estimated that the same-sex wedding market could pull in an extra $69 million per year for Hawaii’s economy from 2014 to 2017.  With Hawaii’s second highest industry being tourism, behind military, businesses are hoping to take advantage of the gay wedding market in the upcoming years.

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