Now this is a rallying point we can all get behind!!
Same sex marriages aren't only spiritually and karmically profitable, but they make sounds fiscal sense too!!
Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimates they generated over $250 mil in revenue for the city!!
“Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free — and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” Bloomberg, 70, said at a news conference in Lower Manhattan."
Wow!! That's astronomical!
These figures include not only the fees paid to the local government for the licensing fees but also all the tangential income associated with renting venues, hotel rooms, catering staff, etc!
While were happy it turns out equal rights makes good business sense, this was never a bottom line issue.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a salient point in wake of these findings.
“What you can’t quantify is just the joy that has happened in New York City.. What better thing could government do than pass laws that make people equal, repeal laws that say some of us are unequal, and give families the opportunity to have that once-in-a-lifetime moment when a father can walk his daughter down the aisle.”
We wholeheartedly agree!
Congrats on that money you earned, NYC! We hope you buy yourself something nice!!
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