Legalizing Gay Marriage In New York Would Lead To A Spending Bonanza

Legalizing Gay Marriage In New York Would Lead To A Spending Bonanza

Let's get married in New York and see a Broadway play.

From The Advocate By Michelle Garcia

Allowing gays and lesbians to marry in New York State would bring a $184 million increase in spending—$142 million of which would go to New York City—over a three-year period, a study by the New York City Comptroller’s office revealed Tuesday.

The report, called "Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York," reasoned that an estimated half of the 50,854 same-sex couples who are registered as residing in the state would marry if given the chance, leading to an anticipated influx of revenue stemming from local taxes, city marriage license fees, and personal spending.

“Legalizing marriage for same-sex couples in New York would have impacts beyond allowing individuals to make the full legal commitments to their partners that opposite-sex couples take for granted,” comptroller William Thompson said in the report.

The report also foresees more than 56,000 couples from other states visiting the Big Apple to get married, including those from nearby New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Tango’s Take This study has been floating around the inter-web for a week or so now, and we feel that we can chime in. For the most part, we support people getting together. Gay, straight, whatever. People should be able to do what makes them happy, provided that it doesn’t directly interfere with other people’s happiness. The point, though, is that social issues should not be influenced (unduly) by economic issues. We have a long history of criminalizing things that make economic sense (drugs, gambling, prostitution, et al) because of ‘morality.’ New York should probably decide whether gay marriage makes sense based on the issue rather than the economic impact.

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