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"Everybody wants a little piece of that gay money."

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Marriage equality.

Marriage.

Equality.

Both of those words are as beautiful as they are meaningful. And now they're becoming lucrative, at least for states, businesses, and enterprising people that support them.

Lisa Phillian is one of those people. She is a professional in Southern California's wedding industry, and has been since before it became legal for every consenting adult to marry the one he or she loves.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

"Everybody wants a little piece of that gay money," said Phillian, who has offices in Rosemead and Palm Springs. "It's going to really open up the wedding business." [...]

About 37,000 same-sex couples are expected to marry in California over the next three years, potentially generating $492 million in revenue for businesses, according to the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law that studies lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

The state could also get a $40-million infusion from wedding-related tax revenue over the next three years [...]

To market her services, Phillian lists herself on websites such as Equally Wed that target gay couples. Thousands of businesses, including jewelers, videographers and musicians, market themselves to same-sex couples on similar sites.

Phillian is now fielding as many as 25 calls a day from lesbian and gay couples planning to marry, compared with about three a week she used to get for commitment ceremonies.

Now here are some Fun Facts:

  • 86% of gay couples pay for the majority of the wedding themselves, compared with 40% of straight couples.
  • About 37% of same-sex couples walk down the aisle together. 74% of straight couples walk down the aisle with family members.
  • 40% of gay couples plan a more casual and less traditional wedding, as opposed to 16% of straight couples.

Good for relationships, check. Good for businesses, check. Good for California (and other states), check.

So what's the down side of marriage equality again? Oh yeah. There is none.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Rare Fourth of July Fire Rainbow In Indiana

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Hmmm, seems SOMEONE was happy about the SCOTUS decisions last week. Via.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court rejects bid to stop gay marriages in California

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As expected...

Breaking, via an email alert from the L.A. Times:

The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer said today.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8, said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a request by Prop. 8 sponsor ProtectMarriage to halt the marriages. Kennedy, who handles such petitions from Western states, did not comment on the denial, Boutrous said.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order late Friday that allowed gay marriages to resume, a move ProtectMarriage said was premature and in violation of procedural rules. The appeals court acted after the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prop. 8 sponsors could not stand in the place of state officials to defend the measure in federal court.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

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Video- Rachel Maddow thumps Jim DeMint's claim that children do better with straight parents

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Heh. Via TP.

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Prop. 8 sponsor petitions to stop same-sex marriages in California

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Via a Los Angeles Times email alert:

ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, filed an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to stop same-sex marriages from continuing in California.

The petition says the decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to permit weddings starting Friday afternoon was "premature."

"When the Ninth Circuit originally put in place its stay to prevent same-sex marriage pending Supreme Court action, it stated clearly that 'the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court,' " the group said in a written statement.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Good luck with that.

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Video- Prop 8 challengers Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo wed in California after stay is lifted

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