Washington Post Reports New Jobs Expected in DC Thanks to Legalization of Same Sex Marriage

Washington Post Staff Writer, Ylan Q. Mui, reports that same sex marriage stands to benefit the local economy in the Metro DC area. According to the Williams Institute, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington DC will create 700 jobs and contribute $52.2 million over three years.
Mui also reports that:
“A report by the Congressional Budget Office in 2004 estimated that legalizing same-sex marriages across the country would generate about $1 billion annually in new federal revenue through taxes and other fees. But determining the spending power of the gay wedding market has been difficult because it has largely gone untapped until recently.”
Arlington-based GayWeddings.com has had a front row seat for the market movement over the past 11 years: first as a ground-breaking business inviting others to take part in the market at a time when resources were much harder to come by for same sex couples, and now as an “old timer,” supporting couples in planning their celebrations and getting the wedding products they need while also helping vendors to reach this nascent market.
Up next in the Washington, DC wedding movement: the same sex group wedding ceremony sponsored by GLBT Wedding Services (by the Event Emissary) on March 20, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
Event organizer, Mike Wilkinson, has set the bar for a Guinness World Record and then some. Up to 400 couples are invited to participate in the day’s activities. Private ceremonies are also available.
Finally of note, another enterprising group of wedding vendors has banded together to offer a gay wedding sweepstakes (a la Crate & Barrel’s 2010 Ultimate Wedding Giveaway) where one couple will win a complete wedding package.
For couples in DC who wish to marry, 2010 presents many great options: from competitive pricing bids to big celebrations and giveaways…not to mention the advantage of having achieved legal marriage status in case the District of Columbia finds itself vulnerable to a change of heart by new session of Congress.