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Influx of same-sex marriages boon for wedding businesses

July 20, 2015

— Several Wichita-area businesses say they're expecting a bump in revenues with the legalization of same-sex marriages as an influx of couples plan their weddings.

The Wichita Eagle reports that photographers, florists, hair stylists and bakeries also say they're eager to get in on the new business.

A 2014 report from a Los Angeles-based think tank estimates those marriages could provide the Kansas economy with $14.1 million in the first three years. The trend nationwide is that half of same-sex couples marry within the first three years of legalization.

The report from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Policy predicts a $9 million boost to the state economy the first year based on wedding, tourism and sales tax revenue.

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