Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Plus, they can tax wedding cake topper sales

Legalizing gay marriage in New York could generate $184 million in economic benefits for the state, says a new study released Tuesday by New York City Comptroller William Thompson. The city would get most of that: $142 million, Crains business says. Savings on health care would account for most of the gain. Census data shows 50,854 same-sex couples lived in New York state in 2005, with 23,321 of them living in New York City. Nationwide, there were 777,000 same-sex couples. In California: For the second time in three years, the state Assembly passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage. On a party-line vote Tuesday, Democrats supported Mark Leno's effort to make California the first state to legislatively end the gay-marriage ban. The bill now goes to the Senate. But even if it's approved there, it's likely to get vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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