A very major law was passed in New York recently (as if you don’t already know): The Marriage Equality Act, allowing same sex marriage in New York state.
It doesn’t really matter your personal or political opinions on the matter, one thing is for sure: (and my husband has been saying this for years) same sex marriage is a cash cow. He works in an industry where he often sees the kind of money spent on social and business events and quite frankly, he’s right. In a slow economy the amount of money that this will bring to New York in so called “wedding tourism” alone will be ridiculous. I, of course, am not in any way shape or form a financial guro but seriously, the event planners, caterers, flower/cake shops, hotels and countless others must be overjoyed at the prospects that lay ahead.
I just read that because of the July 24th date on which licenses will begin being issued falls on a Sunday, all NYC clerk’s offices will make a special exception and open up for the big day. Also, several NY judges will be volunteering their time to waive the 24-hour waiting period and perform ceremonies the same day! OK, so those “same day” folks won’t be bringing in that much money, but Mayor Bloomberg is launching a new ad campaign to target same sex couples called “NYC I DO” in order to take advantage of the boon. I am already seeing signs across the city aimed at targeting this new niche and celebrating them at the same time. It is a new day.