No so much with words, but with money. As first seen on Joe. My. God:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta and New York City Clerk Michael McSweeney today announced that one year after the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act, same sex-marriages in New York City have generated an estimated $259 million in economic impact and $16 million in City revenues. At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses were issued in the first year, accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 marriage licenses issued in New York City since July 24 last year. The economic impact survey was conducted by NYC & Company and the City Clerk’s Office and found same-sex marriages generated significant additional revenue for New York City’s tourism industry with more than half of same-sex couples holding wedding celebrations in venues across the five boroughs. (see original post)
After all, if you are from a state like Maryland, where they recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, and want to do something more monumental than just skip over the river to Washington, DC, why wouldn’t you skip right over the river at Hoboken and do your wedding up Big Apple Style. So this is why they say “I Love New York!”
Still no word yet on the revenue generated from Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of gay marriage equality, but we still have about six months to go until that one year anniversary.