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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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“No Reason” But “Just Because”

The Republic of T.
June 9, 2008

"I’m all kinds of late on this, I know, but I was struck by this clip from Bill O’Reilly’s show, in which he and a guest can’t come up with a single reason to oppose same-sex marriage." [Link]

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San Diego voters re-elect Mayor Jerry Sanders

Reuters
June 4, 2008
San Diego's Republican mayor Jerry Sanders who came out in 2007 in full support of marriage equality was re-elected. (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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OPINION: Relax, gay couples’ marriages aren’t the end of the world

Santa Maria Times
June 8, 2008
"Because you disapprove of how people choose to pursue happiness does not give you the right to deny them the freedom to do so, as long as they do not cause real, proven harm to you or to others." [Link]

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A Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Obama Pride
June 6, 2008
"As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws... I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples..." [pdf Link]

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In Massachusetts, a ‘long journey’ changes judgment on marriage

The Mercury News
June 8, 2008
Mass. residents who once opposed marriage for gay couples explain their change of heart: "You go into the homes of gay couples and you feel the happiness...It was kind of incredible." [Link]

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CA Battle Over Marriage Raises Novel Legal Questions

Washington Post
June 8, 2008
"If the November measure were to pass, we would be entering unprecedented territory," said David B. Cruz, an expert on constitutional law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "We have never seen a constitutional amendment like this in California that would take away rights that people had already exercised." [Link]

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