Further Proof That Gay Marriage Is Also Good For The Economy

Dc From a Washington Post article about gay wedding wedding planners in DC, where the first same-sex marriage licenses will be issued tomorrow:

"No one knows for sure what the economic impact of last Wednesday's legalization of same-sex marriage will be in the District, but a 2009 report by UCLA's law school projected that the Washington region would see a $52.2 million revenue bump over the next three years."

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  1. Washington is one of the most beautiful cities in the world during the spring. I hope everyone can make it for a visit this year. Those who are coming from out of state might want to lobby their congressional representatives while they wait the three full days necessary to get a license. And please mention that DC needs representation in Congress. It is shameful that we can go half-way around the world to fight for democracy but cannot have it in our own capital.

    Posted by: Charlie | Mar 7, 2010 11:04:51 PM

  2. Gay marriage

    My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.
    According to the report from the largest STD dating site == Positivefish. com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers
    increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

    Posted by: stdslove | Mar 8, 2010 2:46:10 AM

  3. Not to mention the cost of the marriage license which in Washington DC is $35 per couple, that adds to the economy. Good luck to all of the happy couples.

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Mar 8, 2010 7:48:32 AM

  4. Please call it marriage equality. There's no "gay marriage" -- it's not a separate type of marriage :-) It's just us gaining access to the same thing straight people have. Calling that "gay marriage" is like the right-wingers' tired old trope of calling equal rights for gay people "special rights."

    Posted by: Ben | Mar 8, 2010 8:14:02 AM

  5. at the same time, heterosexual marriages are discouraged among the poor and among the elderly.

    what happens to the gay couples who are poor or who are elderly, will they face the same cut in benefits (ie- social security payments decreased) heterosexual couples face when officially marrying?

    what happens when middle class to upper class gays get the economic equality (tax benefits! automatic property division!) they've been striving for, and what the marriage fight is really about. will they all become Republicans? will the gulf between poor gay and middle/upper class gay widen?

    what issue can bind gays once gay marriage is achieved?

    Posted by: zeta | Mar 8, 2010 9:10:57 AM

  6. @Zeta

    OK, this one is easy.

    Simply because there is a federal hate crimes law does not stop violent hate crimes from happening.

    Simply because there are laws against employment and housing discrimination against GLBs (and sometimes Ts) in states doen't mean that it won't happen.

    Simply because someday marriage equality will be the law of the land doesn't mean that marriage discrimination against gays and lesbians won't occur.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 8, 2010 9:30:25 AM

  7. Anyone know where I can find a simple study on the cost benefits to Nevada if Marriage Equality was allowed?

    Zeta: You do have a point. Middle to upper middle class white men would probably jump ship in droves once they got theirs. So be it, they weren't really Dems anyway.

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Mar 8, 2010 10:54:55 AM

  8. @Zeta:
    In point of fact, in fighting for repeal of DOMA, we ARE advocating that gay married couples face the same prospect of benefit reduction that poor and elderly heterosexuals face. At present, however, poor or elderly married heterosexuals are actually favored under the law relative to gays, because gay married couples (of whatever economic strata) are ineligible for any portion of their spouse's social security.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Mar 8, 2010 12:33:08 PM

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