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Study: Same-sex weddings in three US states could increase spending by $166 million

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  1. I have previously thought that marriage equality could be a money-spinner and good for the economy, not just with regard to wedding expenses but also for the travel industry and financial products. I don’t think the economic argument is made enough so it was good to read this.

  2. It all makes sense to me. Happy and equal citizens will spend money!

  3. This think tank is a little behind the times! “it has already been proven and previously documented that Equal Marriage HAS increased spending”

    A 2009 study estimates that same-sex marriage has led to “a positive impact to the Massachusetts economy of approximately $111 million over the last four and a half years.”

    A simple Google and the “deep thinking ones” could have save time and money for educating Christian groups on the benefits of equal marriage!

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/05/5_years_after_samesex_marriage.html

  4. Well lets hope that this report will make other states wake up and smell the coffee as it were.

  5. I don’t think this is an argument that we should be putting weight on. Even if equal marriage cost a country’s economy a lot of money it would still be the right thing to do.

    I don’t like the idea of justifying fundamental human equality with reference to how much money it will generate. That’s like justifying music with reference to how much exercise it gives violinists’ arms.

    1. I kinda agree – I particularly hate it when people try and justify the existence of nature by working out the economic value of rain forests and the like. On the other hand, it is good to consider all angles and a bit of attention to the more mundane dynamics of any issue doesn’t go a miss.

      Music certainly provides a lot more than exercise for violinists’ arms, but violinists do need fit arms to make music.

    2. Spanner1960 13 Nov 2012, 2:27pm

      You have got the wrong end of the stick.
      The figures are demonstrating what will be spent by people, not the state.
      Same-sex marriages will generate wealth and employment, so the statistics are demonstrating how societies and communities will benefit, not what it will cost the government.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Nov 2012, 3:03pm

    Currently, the CoE charges £262 or more for publishing banns, marriage ceremony and certificate, extra for a choir and bell ringers.

    At one time not so long ago, it was considering whether to only marry regular worshippers but that was quickly ditched for obvious reasons.

    Imagine the impact equal marriage will have once the Unitarians, Liberal and Reformed Judaism and the Quakers start raking in the fees while the CoE stands idly by watching much needed revenue disappearing from them right before their very eyes.

    1. Spanner1960 13 Nov 2012, 4:19pm

      It’s not just churches themselves, it’s organisers, dressmakers, hotels, venues, photographers, hairdressers, cake makers, florists, caterers, honeymoon/travel agents etc etc.
      The wedding business was worth over £10bn last year in the UK alone .

  7. Jim Nashville Tn 13 Nov 2012, 4:06pm

    anytime you can spend money to help a local economy .. it is noticed .. once it is shown how much money same sex weddings bring into cities . the tide will turn ..and more and more businesses will depend that their state passes equality in marriage .

  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 14 Nov 2012, 1:48pm

    This is one of the five reasons why I support marriage equality!

    1. Economic benefits to beef up the economy in broke states.
    2. Social benefits in terms of the reduction of STDs and HIV because of long-term monogamous marriages.
    3. If two people with different equipment are allowed to marry, then why are two people with the same equipment are banned from marrying?
    4. Jobs for cooks, catering, judges or other legal organisers to sort out the marriage regulation licences and paperwork such as IDs, etc, hotel staff, cleaners, and marriage organisers go though the roof!
    And finally number 5. When people get married people consume, consume, consume, spend, spend and spend!

    It is a win win situation for EVERYONE in society. I just do not understand why some politicians or lawmakers are so obstructionist or just continue to block laws on allowing same sex marriage – along with bigoted idiots who contribute nothing to society and are a waste of space and oxygen!

  9. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 14 Nov 2012, 1:54pm

    Also think about the tones and tones of food and beer or champaign glasses!

    Gifts and presents!

    [My previous comments in number 2] after “reduction” add -

    “of mental health issues such as suicide, fewer gay bashings and rates of STDs or HIV go down”

  10. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 14 Nov 2012, 1:57pm

    The western world and governments of all persuasions should encourage long-term stable loving committed de facto or married relationships among ANY TWO ADULTS!

    That is what STRENGTHENS and BINDS society together!

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