Same-Sex Weddings Will Boost California's Economy Study Says

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new study says same-sex weddings will
provide California's economy with a substantial boost, creating thousands of jobs and much needed revenue.

The study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law says direct spending by same-sex couples will add $684 million to the state's wedding industry and $64 million to the state budget over the next three years.

The study estimates that half of California's 102,639 same-sex couples will marry over the next three years and another 68,000 will come from out-of-state. As many as 2,200 additional jobs will be created.

Gay and lesbian couples can legally marry in California next week.

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