Here’s a fun article to start your day! It turns out that city officials estimate that New York City reaped $259 million dollars of economic benefits in the first full year of same-sex marriage being legal in the state. Between marriage licenses issued, hotel stays, guests traveling to the city and purchases, the money continues to roll in. Let’s not forget, with this money come jobs and tax revenue for the city as well!
I’ve heard several people say that we should be focusing on the economy this fall, not updating our constitution to define something that is already defined by law. Turns out, defeating this amendment could actually prove to be good for our economy in the long run!
Thank you Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn for sharing this story with the rest of the world. It seems that gay marriage might not be such a bad thing after all…
Yesterday, another Minnesota company came out against the Minnesota marriage amendment. Thomson Reuters, the “leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals,” shared that this amendment would impact their business. Spokesman John Shaughnessy said:
We believe the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, if passed, would limit our ability to recruit and retain top talent
And it’s true. With Thomson Reuters headquartered in New York, where gay marriage is legal, why would talent for the company choose to move to a state that passes an amendment to the constitution to limit the rights and freedoms of residents? It makes clear sense why the company would stand up and say NO to this freedom-limiting, mean-spirited amendment.
Kudos to another company – with strong Minnesota ties – for standing up for what is right and encouraging voters to just say NO.
The President has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples… That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and determined that his Administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts.
Shin Inouye, White House spokesperson, June 25, 2011
Source: ABC News
Inouye made this statement after New York voted to legalize gay marriage last June.