Gays Who Wed in California Won’t Have Equal Marriage Protections

San Jose Mercury News
June 11, 2008
Gay couples who marry in California in the upcoming months may find that they are not entitled to the same protections as straight couples, including tax breaks and divorce. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Makes Cents

Ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage not only provides more financial stability and safety for families, but it also makes good economic sense. Marriage equality stimulates the economy by enabling people to care for one another, thereby taking burdens off the government, while also increasing wedding and travel spending and acting as a recruiting tool for businesses.

Massachusetts experienced economic benefits over the past four years of marriage equality, newspapers and a recent study by UCLA's Williams Institute discuss the expected boom in California, and state governments in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York, and even the Congressional Budget Office, have all noted the economic benefits of providing fairness for all families.

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New Study: Fiscal Impact of Marriage Equality in CA

UCLA's Williams Institute
June 9, 2008
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a new research study analyzing the economic gains, an approximate $64 million boost in direct spending over the next three years, that same-sex couples' weddings will bring to California. (Link)

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Freedom to marry boon to Calif. business

USA Today
June 9, 2008
Many California businesses see dollar signs in nuptials by gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Arkansas: From Big News To Old News, Domestic Partnership Registry Changes Little

The Morning News
June 7, 2008
The Eureka Springs city-sponsored domestic partnership registry that reaped headlines nationwide a year ago has gone from big news to old news--bringing little change except for an economic boost for the area. (Link)

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California sees economic windfall in gay couples’ weddings

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
A multitude of weddings is likely to be good business at a time when many folks are in belt-tightening mode. [Link]

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Marriage equality may be a gift to California’s economy

Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2008
Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that the freedom to marry could provide a $370-million shot in the arm to the state economy over the next three years. (Link)

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Macy’s Joins the Parade for Marriage Equality

Huffington Post
May 30, 2008

Evan Wolfson highlights the Macy’s ad in honor of the freedom to marry in California, the significance of a poll showing majority support for equality and against a discriminatory amendment in California, and a video of Bill O’Reilly’s skepticism about the opposition to marriage equality. (Link)

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Marriage equality gaining ground

Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
"As other businesses follow the lead of Macy's and acknowledge that marriage... is not just good politics but also good commerce, the battle will be over. Equality has a way of winning." (Link)

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Macy’s Ad Supports Marriage Equality

Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2008
Macy's ran a full page ad supporting marriage equality that reads, "First comes love. Then comes marriage. And now it's a milestone every couple in California can celebrate." (Link)

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