The $9.5 Billion Marriage Equality Windfall

Forbes
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”

Joe.My.God
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

Wockner
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

CNN
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

Reuters
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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Same-Sex Couples First Must Find A Willing And Able Cleric

Hartford Courant
November 21, 2008
Though marriage equality has come to Conn., the state's clergy have no legal obligation (nor, in some cases, authority from their churches), to perform gay couples' weddings. [Link]

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What It Felt Like to Be Equal

New York Times
November 13, 2008
Many of the gay men and lesbians I spoke or e-mailed with this week didn’t fully realize what a big deal it was to be married either. Until they were. “I don’t think I had realized until then what it felt like to be equal,” Swanson told me. “Paul and I went on a honeymoon in Santa Fe. People would ask and we’d say we’re on our honeymoon; we just got married. We could say it not because it was a political statement but because it was a fact... I don’t feel equal anymore. It was a great feeling, while it lasted.” [Link]

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Demise of Same-Sex Weddings Disheartens Businesses

The New York Times
November 7, 2008
Many local business owners in Calif. are worried over the economic impact of Prop. 8's passage: "I have done a gay wedding every week. And so it's very disheartening, because other business is very slow." [Link]

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