GAY MARRIAGE MAKES CENTS

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    Nov 29, 2007 6:09 PM GMT
    http://www.queerty.com/news/gay-marriage-makes-cents-for-maryland-20071129/


    Maryland may want to mull allowing same-sex nuptials. A UCLA study shows that a marriage move would give the state about about $14 million in tax revenue over three years:
    A booming wedding industry could swell Maryland’s budget by millions if gays were permitted to wed, according to a university report released yesterday.
    The study, by UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, estimates that spending on gay nuptials could top $280 million the first three years, generating $14 million in tax revenue during that time.
    While the state would see some reductions in other tax revenue, including income, transfer and inheritance taxes, the study concludes that extending marriage benefits to gays could result in a net gain of $3.2 million a year.
    Maryland’s politicos would do well to reconsider September’s anti-gay marriage decision, huh?



    Someone finally puts it in the right terms: $$$$
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    Nov 29, 2007 9:49 PM GMT
    Better keep this quiet, or they will levy a special tax on it.
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    Nov 29, 2007 10:21 PM GMT
    I think it is interesting that there is now a movement to model marriage and divorce in the gay community in financial terms. IMHO, that's the only way that most gov'ts will really understand the benefits to their economies - which is what drives everything in this country.

    here's another interesting article on the NYTimes.com site:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/opinion/26coontz.html