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Gay Marriage Laws to Generate Spending

Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine - A national think tank says new gay marriage laws in Maine, Maryland and Washington will generate at least $166 million in wedding spending in the next three years.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that nearly 18,000 same-sex couples in the three states will exchange vows in the first three years after the new laws are in effect.

Wedding-related spending for in-state couples is expected be about $16 million in Maine, $63 million in Maryland and $89 million in Washington. The estimates do not include out-of-state same-sex couples that travel to those states to marry.

Lee Badgett, research director at the institute and an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, says the additional spending will create new jobs and boost tax revenues.

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  • , 2012-11-16 04:15:50

    Uh, duh. What did they think gays are DIY people?

  • , 2012-11-17 13:40:12

    If you want to know what God thinks of gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle, the read about Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. God wiped out the entire cities with fire and brimstone

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-18 17:24:33

    Too funny, although in a lot of regards gay people actually ARE DIY people.

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