John M. Becker

Gays Fuel Wedding Surge in California

Filed By John M. Becker | August 01, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: California, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

perry-stier-wedding-ca-2013.jpgBy now it's no secret that allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry is good for the economy -- and that states that still refuse to do so are missing out on some serious cash.

The latest evidence of this comes from California, where the Department of Public Health has just released wedding data from 2013 that shows a sharp spike in marriages after June 26, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8 and restored marriage equality:

Here's the scoop, from the Sacramento Bee:

It was looking like another tough year for the California wedding industry. Through June of 2013, the number of new marriages statewide had fallen by almost 4,000, or 3 percent, from 2012. Then the Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8 and allowed gay marriages in California.

After that decision, from July to December, the number of weddings grew by 27,000, or almost 25 percent, compared to the same period in 2012. In Sacramento County, the number of weddings increased by 1,150, or 27 percent, during the last six months of 2013 compared to 2012.

Total weddings statewide for 2013 eclipsed all recent years except 2008 - the last prior time that gays were allowed to marry.

Just think of all the revenue those marriages generated in the Golden State. Wake up, America: marriage equality = economic stimulus!

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