The Gay State is doing well!

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    Mar 04, 2008 3:49 AM GMT

    Gay Marriage Attracting Skilled Workers To Mass.
    by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

    Posted: March 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm ET

    (Boston, Massachusetts) Massachusetts is reaping huge financial gains as a result of same-sex marriage.

    The Boston Business Journal reports that the only state in the country to allow gays to marry is become " a powerful lure for same-sex couples who want to live in a place where they can get married, gain legal rights and have access to spousal health benefits."

    For decades the state has seen a brain drain despite having some of the most prestigious universities in the nation.

    From 2003 to 2005, the population actually fell to 6,429,137 from 6,438,510, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau obtained by the publican.

    "Since the marriage law passed, we see a lot more (gay) professionals moving into the Boston area," Henry Hoey, a member of the Greater Boston Business Council, a chamber of commerce for gay professionals told the Journal.

    Hoey said that the organization's membership has increased 5 percent to 1,100 members since last year. "The effects of this law are starting to take hold."

    Recruitment agencies and other business groups also say they have seen an influx of same-sex couples - mostly professionals.

    Attorney Jeffrey Webb and his partner Mark Schuster moved from Los Angeles to Massachusetts in December order to marry.

    "That was something that was really important to us," Webb told the Journal.

    He is now a partner and practices trial law with a well known Boston-area firm. Schuster is now the chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy research at Children's Hospital Boston.

    In 2003 the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in Massachusetts, struck down laws banning same-sex marriage and in 2004 the first gay couples began to wed. Since then more than 10,000 gay and lesbian couples have married in the state.

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    Mar 04, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    God bless the Commonwealth!
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    Mar 04, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    A study was done in the last few years on liberal tolerant cities (e.g. Seattle, San Francisco). They have a tendency to attract better educated, higher skilled people than cities that are viewed as conservative and less accepting.

    Needless to say Canada, and cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have an edge on a lot of other cities because of gay marriage and tolerance of different people.

    In the coming decades the scarcity and competition for skilled human capital is going to get more intense around the world.

    Business leaders that support the Republican party are already quietly trying to pry power away from the religious fundamentalists. They know how much damage these homophobic bigots are doing on some very practical issues like attraction of skilled workers.
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    Mar 04, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    hopefully, we're next!!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSN0336186420080304
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    Mar 04, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    ` great news for you guys up there for sure !!! Well I'm here in southwestern Virginia right in the heart of the "SUPPOSED" "BIBLE BELT" as the locals say !!! "LORDY MERCY" !!!!! It will never happen here !!!
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    Mar 05, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    nicensmoothla saidhopefully, we're next!!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSN0336186420080304


    I actually have been keeping up on the subject of cali and gay marriage and i hope you guys are next too. BTW it seems that the gay state is working towards trans rights now as well. Yay equality!!!icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    Given the recent report on the failure of civil unions, New Jersey may legalize marriage as well. Gov. Corzine has said that he won't act on it until after the election, to avoid stirring up the pond scum, but I'll bet he'll do something about ir soon after.
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    Mar 05, 2008 3:53 AM GMT
    If the California Supreme Court legalizes gay-marriage, it would a GIANT step forward. Not to minimize the historic decision by Massachusetts, California, with the 7th largest economy in the world, would be setting an enormous precedent for the US and the world. I think it would be a huge boon for industry in the state, and other big (blue) states, like New York and New Jersey, are likely to follow California's lead.

    And even though California's population continues to grow and has some of the best and brightest minds in the world, I think legalization would only continue to attract those type of people who will continue to make California a world leader.