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Recognizing gay rights brings rewards

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From the Center for American Progress:

Two studies released Friday by UCLA’s Williams Institute show that marriage equality in Massachusetts has resulted in "clear economic gains" for the state. Since 2004, the state has seen an increase in young, highly-educated, "creative class" professionals in same-sex relationships. "Creative class individuals in same-sex couples were 2.5 times more likely to move to Massachusetts in the three years after marriage equality than in the three years before." The second study finds that same-sex marriages "have given a significant boost to the state’s economy," with surveys showing that a typical gay or lesbian couple spends $7,400 on their weddings in Massachusetts — resulting in a cumulative $111 million economic boost.  The studies indicate "that other states allowing gay couples to marry — including Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and Maine — will see similar economic gains." Similarly, a 2008 study by the Williams Institute found that legalizing same-sex marriage in California "could create hundreds of new jobs and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into" the state’s economy. The fact that states could see an economic boom from marriage equality discredits Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s recent argument that same-sex marriage would be a burden on the small businesses and the economy." "Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for," Steele said. "Who pays for that? You just cost me money."

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2009 at 9:54 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

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