Same-Sex Marriages in Ohio Could Boost Industry Economy

August 8, 2012 Weddings Unlimited, Inc.

A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch (Alan Johnson) reports that if Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages is overturned, it could likely benefit the state economically in at least one way: more weddings.

According to the 2010 census, half of the almost 20,000 same-sex couples living in Ohio would marry. That would produce about $165 million economic impact over three years in money spent on weddings and wages paid to people like us in the wedding industry. 

Bill Lafayette of Regionomics LLC calculated that up to 740 jobs would be created. The study was commissioned by FreedomOhio, the group backing a proposed 2013 constitutional amendment aimed at rolling back Ohio’s 2004 same-sex marriage ban.  

The above figures are estimates, but think of the impact this would make on our Ohio industry!  Same-sex Weddings would no longer be exported with dollars leaving Ohio. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC shared some same-sex marriage statistics after the first year it was legalized there. “$275 million in economic benefits, including city tax revenue. More than 7000 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in the city in the past year.”

To see how your county can be affected, go to

As a Cincinnati wedding planner, I support the movement!

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