The decision of the California Supreme Court to allow homosexuals to be married has created a new market which could prove lucrative in the years to come. (Report: G. and B. Fenwick)
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With close to 100 000 couples in the entire state, wedding professionals like Michael Willms the director of Entertainment Design Events are seeing their market suddenly expand: “I think we’re just in the beginning stages of what’s going to be a great economic opportunity but I think it’s the bleeding edge, not even the cutting edge, of this venture.”
Glenn and Paul were amongst the first to contact Michael. Glenn is a screenwriter and Paul is an artistic director for Disney. They have been together for thirteen years. On the very night of the California Supreme Court decision they decided that the time was right for them. In October they will become husband and husband but not without a big ceremony.
While sitting next to Paul Felix, his future husband, Glenn Camhi explains: “For those couples who can afford it, people who have been waiting a long time to get married are probably splurging a little bit more than they might have otherwise. I know that we are going a little further than we might have but we’ve been waiting for thirteen years!”
As for the overall financial repercussions of these upcoming nuptials, with the average wedding in LA at 30 000 dollars Professor Badgett puts the number at 250 million dollars over the next 6 months, based on recent events. The Research Director at Williams Institute recalls: “In 2004 when
As soon as the courts’ decision turned public the phone began ringing at the Cake and Arts Bakery in the heart of
During the elections in November Californians will have to ratify or overturn the courts decision. Until then numerous same sex couples, some of them from other states, will come to the Golden State to exchange their vows with varying budgets... nonetheless breathing fresh air into a strained local economy.
Date created : 2008-06-11