Gay marriage proves lucrative for local economies

Same-sex marriage proves beneficial to economyBY ZACK JENKINS

A year ago New York City became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. After 8,200 gay-marriage licenses were issued (some 10% of the wedding licenses issued in New York City last year) almost $259 million was earned in economic benefits from same-sex marriages according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s marketing and tourism office.

After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law, more than 200,000 people have traveled to the state to attend same-sex wedding receptions, and have booked over 235,000 hotel room stays.


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