Editorial: Economic Reasons for the Freedom to Marry

A committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives will hold a hearing Monday on three separate visions for extending greater rights to gay and lesbian couples. It marks the first time a legislative body in Minnesota has taken such an affirmative look; past discussion has sought only to constitutionally prohibit marriage equality.

Five states currently extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians, and they’re better off for it. Many Minnesotans, for example, are making the short journey south to wed in Iowa. A UCLA study last year estimated that Iowa’s state budget is getting a $5.4 million annual bump from marriage equality-derived tax receipts. This number doesn’t include the indirect boost to local businesses across the state.

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As Goes Martha…Martha Stewart Wedding Features Same-Sex Couple for First Time

Good As You
December 21, 2009

Blogger Jeremy Hooper announces the profile of his wedding in the Winter 2010 edition of Martha Stewart Weddings, the first wedding of a same-sex couple to be featured in the magazine. (Link)

Congratulations Jeremy and Andrew!

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South African Rites

The New York Times
July 16, 2009
A self-described "middle-class white man" from South Africa tells of his experiences in applying for and receiving a marriage ceremony for he and his black partner of nearly two decades through a government-run Home Affairs office in Edenvale, near Johannesburg. [Link]

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The $9.5 Billion Marriage Equality Windfall

June 16, 2009
There are 781,267 same-sex couples living together in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau's 2005-07 American Community Survey. Talk about a stimulus package. While wedding-related revenues--snagged by small shops to giant corporations top $160 billion (an average wedding now costs $20,400), the industry has shrunk at an annualized 1.9% rate after inflation since 1999. If half of the same-sex couples got hitched, Forbes estimates that the industry would reap nearly $10 billion in additional revenue. [Link]

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Gay rights battle puts strain on parties

Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2009
With California's vote last November in favor of the discriminatory marriage ban known as Proposition 8, some gays are saying that bachelorette parties at their bars are becoming more than a minor nuisance. They're a constant reminder that gays don't have equal marriage rights. [Link]

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Ellen Interviews Portia de Rossi: “She Also Happens To Be My Wife”

March 16, 2009

How many millions in marriage equality ads is this interview worth? [Link]

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Mayor Sanders announces lesbian daughter’s engagement at rally

March 4, 2009

Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced the engagement of his daughter Lisa and her girlfriend, Meaghan Yaple, at a large rally Wednesday afternoon. [Link]

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Soap Features Daytime TV’s First Lesbian Wedding

February 16, 2009
ABC's All My Children featured daytime TV's first wedding of a lesbian couple when the characters Bianca and Reese exchanged vows. GLAAD's Neil Giuliano: "It's reality. So when we see a lesbian couple getting married on daytime drama, it simply reflects what's happening in the real world." [Link]

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Filmmakers roll tape on small-town documentary

The Philadelphia Gay News
February 6, 2009
In their forthcoming documentary, “Out in the Silence,” D.C. filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer chronicle the lives of several LGBT residents of Oil City, Wilson’s hometown, after the couple published their wedding announcement in the local paper -- and ignited a firestorm. [Link]

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Two U.S. states see boost from gay weddings

November 28, 2008
Following the passage of Prop. 8 in Calif., gay couples are now turning to Massachusetts and Connecticut for their weddings, which economists says could shift millions of tourism dollars to those states. [Link]

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