Study Finds Gay Marriage Could Bring Arizona $62 Million

To many, the “sincerely held religious belief” rhetoric that’s made the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby so controversial may have sounded familiar. In March, Arizona legislature was abuzz with the same phrasing.

ArizonaWhile the legislature from the state of Arizona may object to gay rights for moral reasons, would they object as much if they knew how much it would add to the state’s economy?

A new report from The Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA School of Law, has released a new study that predicts the economic impact of legalizing same-sex marriage in Arizona. The report estimated same-sex couples would generate a total of $47.5 million in direct wedding spending over the first three years of legalized marriage, and that marriage would bring $5.1 million in sales-tax revenue alone. An especially enticing fact for unemployed AZ citizens: new spending on wedding ceremonies could lead to nearly 520 new jobs in the state.

Speaking with AZcentral, Rocco Menaguale, an artist and designer from Phoenix, pointed out that legalizing gay marriage could lead specifically to new jobs in the state’s burgeoning creative industries. Said Menaguale:

The architecture, interior-design and even construction industries are just starting to bounce back from the recession… Supporting marriage equality would start to attract more people to Arizona who want to live here, buy stuff here and come in for travel. It really would effect the whole creative community.

Head to AZcentral for a more in-depth breakdown of the statistics, including a state-by-state comparison of how gay marriage impacts the economy.


  1. Ready says

    How about realizing that the government should maintain a neutrality and not regard anyone’s love life as better than anyone else’s because of basic fairness and justice instead of needing a financial reason to be a human being?

  2. Mike says

    Unfortunately some people are quickly realizing that they can make a lot more money and a significant amount of fame by refusing service to the LGBT community then cashing in on all the right wing “christian” bigots who will flood their stores in support of their “religious rights” and “free speech.”

  3. Anirban (aka Abner) Bhattacharya says

    I am not a Christian but there are topics where I agree with Christian groups. Where I agree with Christians is on the dangers of gay/lesbian agenda and there are many non-Christians and even some atheists who agree with Evangelical Christians. With homosexuality, if 2 knowing and willing adults want to do gay/lesbian conduct but not tell others what to think, then it’s their life. Homosexual/lesbian conduct is bad for health as smoking is and needs to be marginalized like smoking is.They must abolish sex change maimings. link between childhood sex abuse and adult homosexuality/lesbianism is old science and nothing new. It doesn’t take an expert to know that sex abuse in youth can mess up the mind and cause people to behave in ways they normally wouldn’t.

    With ‘homophobic’, homophobia is telling truths which offend homosexual groups. With what mental health experts say on homosexuality, Mainstream psychology/medicine is not to be trusted on gay/lesbian topic and too many people accept what is said w/o challenging or having doubts. You can pay experts to say things which agree with gay/lesbian agenda and that is has happened with psychology/medicine since 1973-experts can say things to support gay agenda or any agenda. Truth with homosexuality is any ideas, speculations and truths which offend homosexual groups is condemned as homophobia as there’s alot of ideology on this. With repair therapy for homosexuals/lesbians. Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism, because it often fails.

    Finally, sex change maimings (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians) which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated. All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal.

  4. Anirban (aka Abner) Bhattacharya says

    33% of gays report homosexual rape in youth. Many gays and lesbians who commit suicide do so because they often were childhood sex abuse victims and many have other copathologies such as antisocial conduct, drugs, etc. Whatever causes, it’s best for gays/lesbians to be celibate until a cure is found for homosexuality.

    Homofobia is telling truths, theories and speculations which offend homosexual groups. Yes, the theory between a woman smoking during pregnancy and unborn baby doing homosexual/lesbian conduct in adulthood is not proven and replicated or repeat studies must be done. In 2011, I had suggested the link between a woman smoking during pregnancy and the increased risk of the baby turning out homosexual, Transexuals (mutilated homosexuals/lesbians) in adulthood, so this study is nothing new.

    Smoking during pregnancy is bad for health. Yes, there needs to be replicated or repeat studies but it wouldn’t surprise me. We know that childhood sex abuse raises risk of a kid doing homosexual/lesbian conduct in adulthood. But main reason homosexual groups are offended by this is theory is because it puts homosexuality negatively by suggesting it is the result of something bad-smoking.

    While they have not conclusively proven homosexuality/lesbianism is inborn genes, homosexual groups use this theory as definite by saying how they are born this way-which possibly can be the case for some but more studies are needed. But when facts are raised about the link between childhood sex abuse and a kid doing homosexual and lesbian activities in adutlhood, homosexual groups often get offended, condemn it as homofobia, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Any facts which show homosexuality/lesbianism to be bad and put negative views on this is condemned.

    Yes, religious pscyhologists and psychiatrists use faith. But there’s nothing wrong with them using Christianity or other faith. People use faith to justify their views against drunkardism (alcoholism). I am not a Christian but I agree with Christians is on the dangers of gay/lesbian agenda and there are many non-Christians and even some atheists who agree with Evangelical Christians.

    The pro-gay pschologists say rubbish such as when they say Jerry A. Sandusky is not gay which proves bias meddles with facts when you say a homosexual pedophile is not a homosexual. It depends on your definition, if 1 does not define a person who has same sex relations with a young boy as gay, then they call him straight or something else. Though it’s repeat it must be said again. A person is homosexual or lesbian if they knowingly and willing do same sex behaviors. If a person has homosexual activities with a young boy, then they are a homosexual pedofile. Jerry A. Sandusky is a homosexual pedofile-even if J.A. Sandusky calls himself straight, he would still be gay by behavior definition. But homosexual groups say that he is not gay when his conduct defines him as such.The priests who molest young boys are gay pedophiles. If a man has sex with little girls only, then he is a straight pedophile. Rush H. Limbaugh’s right when he said Jerry A. Sandusky is gay-and columnist Patrick J. Buchanan condemns who he calls gay priests. Those priests are again gay pedophiles, pederasts or homolesters. So there are many homosexual pedophiles such as the gay priests, Jerry A. Sandusky.

    Again, it’s sexual conduct or behavior which defines if 1 is straight or homosexual. Even if a person has had opposite sex relations, if they knowingly and willing do homosexual behavior, then they’re homosexuals and lesbians. Just because a person has in past had sex with women, if they have sex with young boys then they are homosexual pedofiles and most regard themselves as homosexual but even for those who call themselves straight their conduct doesn’t change the truth they are homosexual pedofiles. Since homosexuals and lesbians (transexuals) often suffered childhood sex abuse, it’s no surprise that homosexuals and lesbians think childhood sexual abuse is OK when it’s homosexual activities. All homosexual pedofiles are homosexuals. All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal. homosexual groups got offended when columnist Patrick J. Buchanan condemned gay priests. What those priests did when they molest young boys is homosexuality. Yes, this is repeating but it must again be said that if a person has same sex conduct with young boys and girls then they are homosexual and lesbian pedofiles because again, it’s the same sex conduct which defines.

  5. says

    Thank you, @ANIRBAN (AKA ABNER) BHATTACHARYA! Without your timely reminder I’m sure many of us would have forgotten it’s Cut-and-Paste Crazy Day. Now, quick, back to the asylum before they lock you out.

  6. tilltheyworldends says

    Who is the terd above? You should build your own blog. I couldn’t get through the first paragraph. I see you are trying to get a rise. Most like red dot Indian. Who has the largest gay population in the world.Indian gay community — including men and women — would at least be over 20 million strong. At the upper end of 13%, it would be as large as the country’s largest minority community. Start at home then come to the USA with your propaganda!

  7. Tyler says

    ANIRBAN (AKA ABNER) BHATTACHARYA is actually an old troll named Snowisfun/funissnow. That guy posts this exact same rant (with particular emphasis on referring to sex change operations as “maimings”) on a bunch of other sites. Try looking up “snowisfun towleroad” on google to see what I mean. Unfortunately it’s NOT Rick this time, so I wouldn’t bother using the same tactics to undermine him.

    Abner’s rant is literally the same exact rant copy and pasted from previous comment threads/other sites. Just wait until he brings up “Methew” Wayne Shepard, which is the only way he refers to Matthew Shepard and almost always excuses his murder due to Shepard being a drug addict (which isn’t true, but he keeps saying it over and over as though it is fact).

    His rants are always nonsensical run-on sentences with no clear point and just a lot of crazy.

    When called out, he likes to ask “why are you being so mean to me?” And then he’ll explain that he’s only saying these things because homosexuals are this and that and repeats his rant.

    Please ignore this guy. He’s actually nuts.

  8. Anirban (aka Abner) Bhattacharya says

    Thanks for your replies. I am an American, so what happens in India is not topic here. I have not been to India since 2002. It is good to know you recognize my ethnicity but homosexuals be they White, Black, Chinese, American Indian or any other ethnic group are still homose

    Tyler, you know me from my posts on AATP and other forums where I irritate other posters and yes Tyler, it is copy/paste because you know the homo topic repeats. Also Tyler, METHEW W. Shepard’s a drug junky, drug dealer and child molester. You need to stop relying on what Big Island Chronicle’s Tiffany Camille Hunt says. Tiffany Camille Hunt farts and shits in front of her kids and she is the farting Squaw and Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Hunt smokes marijuana in front of her kids.

    I spoke on April 16, 2014 to Sheriff David S. O’Malley about Book of Matt and gave facts about Methew Wayne Shepard being a child molester and drug dealer. He predictably said Book of Matt should be called Book of Lies, that he did investigation & hung up on me without explaining why it should be called book of lies. He has no rebuttal. Chief O’Malley said he is offended by Stephen Jimenez’s book but he’s dishonest.

    Sheriff David S. O’Malley, Cop Regina S. Fluty and Sgt. Rob J. DeBree’s all have been portrayed in Laramie Project and Sheriff O’Malley is a friend of Judy L. Shepard. But their job as cops after to they found M.W. Shepard’s comatose body was to solve M.W. Shepard’s murder and they quickly found and arrested the 2 who did this. After that their job was to help prosecutors prove the 2 men guilty of murder which they did. Since M.W. Shepard is dead, he can not be arrested and prosecuted for any crimes he committed before October 1998. I don’t believe the 2 cops investigated whether Methew W. Shepard was a drug dealer because there was no need to because he is dead and can’t be punished for it.

    Sheriff David S. O’Malley, Regina S. Fluty and Sgt. Robert J. DeBree all know as cops or former cops that you don’t always know the secrets a person has in their life. All know that most criminals try to keep their crimes secret esp. from friends and family as they don’t want to be caught. Many times when it’s discovered a person is let’s say a child molester, it’s friends and family who get surprised because a child molester is unlikely to admit that they commit this crime to their friends and family. Sheriff David S. O’Malley and Sgt. Robert J. DeBree in their lives have arrested drug dealers and they know how it’s the family and friends who get surprised after they learned some1 they know is a drug dealer.

    I don’t think Sheriff David S. O’Malley and Sgt. Robert J. DeBree are honest criticizing Stephen Jimenez as bias is meddling with facts especially again as Sheriff O’Malley is a friend of Judy Lynn Shepard. Sheriff David S. O’Malley and Sgt. Robert J. DeBree know that it’s unlikely Methew W. Shepard told his friends and family that he was a drug dealer, because both have seen many times as cops as how criminals usually keep their crimes a secret esp. from their friends and family. M.W. Shepard kept it a secret. Even if Methew W. Shepard did tell his friends and family that he sold drugs, don’t think his family will admit this ugly truth about him, as they had tried to hide the fact that Methew Wayne Shepard molested 8 year old boys and got counseling for it. Both Sheriff David S. O’Malley and Sgt. R.J. DeBree know as cops that they don’t always catch all the criminals. Stephen Jimenez to repeat interviewed over 100 witnesses and he did a 13 year investigation. He went into bars, interviewed drug dealers, junkies and they verified that both A.J. McKinney and M.W. Shepard knew eachother and that M.W. Shepard had a secret life as a drug dealer/courier.

    Again, Sheriff O’Malley and Sgt. DeBree interest in October 1998 was to solve the homicide and to help prosecutor Mr. Rerucha prove the 2 men gulity of murder. I don’t think Sheriff David S. O’Malley, Sgt. Robert J. DeBree and any1 else in the Albany County Sheriff’s Dept. investigated M.W. Shepard’s background because there was no need to. Sheriff David S. O’Malley and Sgt. R.J. DeBree’s critique sounds like they are dishonest, delusional or both esp. again as Sheriff f O’Malley is a friend of Judy L. Shepard and Chief O’Malley, Reggie S. Fluty and Sgt. DeBree are portrayed in Laramie Project. JC Marsden (executive Director of Shepard Foundation) and Tiffany C. Hunt are portrayed in Laramie Project. Both JC Marsden & Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Hunt sees nothing wrong with Methew W. Shepard selling drugs and molesting children so their view is rubbish.

  9. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL @ ERNIE,

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Thank you, TYLER,for the info. Yep, it’s Funissnow…crazy and evil.

    I can’t believe nor forgive myself for reading most of the sh1t that nut wrote.

  10. Tyler says

    See, I totally called it. Even the Methew Wayne Shepard part of the rant.

    Abner is mentally ill. He is best ignored because attacking the mentally ill is unfair. If Abner was mentally competent he wouldn’t be posting these rants all over the internet.

  11. Anirban (aka Abner) Bhattacharya says

    since you raise Metthew W. Shepard, let me say that I read the Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez for the 2nd time and this time took notes reading his book-I have now read the book twice. Before getting to M.W. Shepard case, juries must decide each case after hearing both prosecutor and defense lawyer. With gay bashing victim, is he lying to get sympathy ? It’s possible. He maybe telling the truth but he maybe lying to get sympathy. We don’t always know the other side of story and that is usually different from what homosexual says happened.

    But since you mention Methew W. Shepard, when I read about a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems. I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim no matter what wrong the gay does. In the Metthew W. Shepard case, the mainstream media left out ugly truths on who he was.

    When Stephen Jimenez’s Book of Matt came out in October 2013, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos & others condemned Stephen Jimenez (who is a homosexual journalist) for writing ugly truths about who M.W. Shepard was-mainly a drug dealer or courier. Casper Star Tribune covered the Shepard case and I have talked to 2 of their ex-journalists Kerry A. Drake and JC Marsden (Executive Director of Shepard Foundation)-both men leave out ugly truths on who Metthew Wayne Shepard was and Kerry A. Drake though he no longer works for Tribune along with Tiffany C. Hunt (another former CST Reporter who now runs Big Island Chronicle) continue to leave out the ugly truths of who M.W. Shepard was because their loyalty is to Laramie Project.

    Kerr A. Drake, JC Marsden and Tiffany C. Hunt are portrayed in Laramie Project. Casper Star Tribune when they covered the Shepard case left out ugly truths of who the victim Methew W. Shepard was Now why Metthew Wayne Shepard was killed, only he and his killers know. The legal system convicted both men (1 with plea and 2nd with jury trial) and they are doing life sentences. But no matter why the murder happened, Metthew Wayne Shepard being killed by 2 men does not change the ugly truths of who he was & M.W. Shepard knew 1 of his murderers (A.J. McKinney). It’s not believed he knew the 2nd man (R.A. Henderson) and I agree with Stephen Jimenez that Russell A. Henderson should have been convicted of a lesser crime such as Manslaughter and that he should have gotten a jury trial but got bad representation by his lawyers who urged him to take a plea when he wanted a jury trial. Book of Matt discloses ugly truths of who the victim was-most of it old such as him being a junky (old news), but the new information is that the victim was a drug dealer. Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez Stephen Jimenez’s evidence are 1st party witnesses he interviewed-over 100 of them over 13 years.

    Those witnesses verified Methew Wayne Shepard’s a junky (old news), drug dealer and courier-witnesses such as Mark K. Rohrbacher (former drug dealer), Shannon Shingleton and others. There are bartenders such as Elaine Baker who saw both AJ McKinney and Methew W. Shepard together, so this is verified information Methew W. Shepard was a drug junky and he went into bars where drugs were sold. Methew W. Shepard became a drug junky because antidepressants he was taking was not working and he mixed drugs-cocaine, Ecstasy and Meth with antidepressants. Methew W. Shepard had depression, PTSD and he mixed drugs with antidepressants.

    Why could Methew W. Shepard have gotten involved in dealing drugs & or be a courier-$ problems-he bought them and when he had $ problems, he sold them & or was a courier-this is verified by witnesses who Stephen Jimenez interviewed. These witnesses are credible as they earn nothing saying this. Stephen Jimenez verified that Methew W. Shepard would use Doc O’Connor’s limousine services. Methew W. Shepard was living an extravagant life. His dad who is an engineer in Saudi Arabia could not have sent him enough $ to pay for it. Methew W. Shepard when he sees money problems with his drugs would likely sell some in order to make money. Stephen Jimenez in his book talks of the Denver circuit and this is the drug circuit which Metthew W. Shepard was involved with.

    Near book’s end, it is incidentally mentioned that Metthew W. Shepard was a victim of child molestation by 3 different people-an adult @ his church, a friend and a relative and when Metthew W. Shepard was 15 years old, he was arrested for molesting 2 neighborhood 8 year old boys-M.W. Shepard got counseling for it. It is also incidentally mentioned that Metthew W. Shepard was involved as a witness with a May 1998 arson (Officer Flint Waters) but what his role was will never be known.

    M.W. Shepard in August 1998 (2 months before his death) attempted indecent exposure on a Cody bartender and bartender defended himself by decking M.W. Shepard. The next day, M.W. Shepard falsely accused the bartender of homosexual gang rape. When medical tests disproved M.W. Shepard, the excuse Methew W. Shepard gave to cops was that he was drunk, had PTSD and could not remember. M.W. Shepard was also once banned from a bar after a drunk M.W. Shepard committed assault and battery on the bouncer by grabbing bouncer’s crotch against will. M.W. Shepard should have been arrested and convicted by jury for those 2 incidents.

    With the criticism about Stephen Jimenez writing a book to make money, Judy L. Shepard and M.W. Shepard’s friend Romaine Patterson both wrote books about him. The last 2 also had interest to make money and since they are his mom and friend, they are biased and bias meddles with facts. The Shepard Foundation is a propaganda group whose main interest is to push an agenda and to make money. Judy L. Shepard, Shepard Foundation and Laramie Project making $ off the case. Stephen Jimenez incidentally mentioned in his book that M.W. Shepard had been molested by 3 different people including a distant relative. If Metthew.W. Shepard had not been a victim of repeated molestations, it’s possible M.W. Shepard would have turned out straight instead of gay. Any conduct can be learned including sexual conduct and M.W. Shepard suffering child molestation damaged his thinking and possibly caused him to behave sexually in ways he would not have had the molestation not happened. And again, Methew W. Shepard molested 2 neighborhood 8 year old boys when he was 15 years old and got counseling for it. Stephen Jimenez interviewed a relative of 1 of the boys who M.W. Shepard had molested.

    Stephen Jimenez in his book did go into irrelevant topics such as an unrelated murder trial in Wyoming where a teenage girl was murdered (Daphne Saulk and the man Kevin Robison was convicted of Manslaughter), an unrelated killing in Colorado (1993 of Steve Heyman a gay psychologist), but what he said about M.W. Shepard is what he learned (though again most old news) after interviewing many witnesses. If Stephen Jimenez had been an FRC journalist, he would likely have been condemned as 1 of those Christians but Stephen Jimenez is a gay journalist. While gay groups complain about Stephen Jimenez saying the murder case is complicated, that is incidental-main reason gay groups are offended by Stephen Jimenez’s book is because he talked about the ugly truths about who M.W. Shepard was. Methew Wayne Shepard does not deserve hero worship. M.W. Shepard being a drug dealer was something he likely kept secret from his family because honestly, if a person is selling drugs, they usually aren’t going to tell their friends and family that they commit this crime. Even if Metthew W. Shepard did tell his friends and family that he sold drugs, don’t think his family will admit this ugly truth about him, as they had tried to hide the fact that Methew Wayne Shepard molested 8 year old boys and got counseling.

  12. Tyler says

    Anyway, ignoring Abner the crazy (doesn’t he have some windmills to fight?), marriage equality is a money maker for states. If the conservatives actually cared about fiscal responsibility, they’d all be clamoring for nationwide marriage equality.

  13. simon says

    “All homosexual pedofiles are homosexuals”
    “All straight pedofiles are straight”
    A Catholic Pope is Catholic.
    Water is wet etc etc.
    A Cra Cra is crazy.

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