1. New York Gay Marriage Bill: Event Industry Expects \"Enormous Impact\" [new York]

    After a week of prolonged discussions, today the New York State Senate might vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which has event professionals speculating on how big the impact could be on industry spending. A same-sex marriage law could pave the way for what analysts estimate to be a multimillion-dollar boost to the state economy. According to a report published by the U.C.L.A. School of Law's Williams Institute in May 2009, Massachusetts, the first state to allow gay marriage back in 2004, had seen 12,167 same-sex couples wed as of September 2008. This ...
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    1. I think if you do that math and you realize that Massachusetts's economy has gained over $100 million, it seems logical that the New York economy would be gaining several times that.
    2. I think we're looking at a group of individuals who, once they combine incomes in the form of a celebration, the revenue streams for New York City and New York State could be huge.
    3. I've had tentative inquiries from some friends and some people I don't know who have always wanted to wait until they could get married at home.
    4. I am curious about how different the approach to food and beverage will be—we generally work with brides for many of the menu aspects with some input from the groom.
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