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​Report: Same-Sex Marriages Will Mean Economic Boost for Kansas


Legal changes to allow same-sex marriage in Kansas could have a positive economic impact on the state.  Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles predict that gay weddings will add $14 million to the Kansas economy over the next three years, much of it in the next 12 months. Christy Mallory, spokeswoman for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Policy at UCLA, says the actual total in spending will probably be even higher. Mallory says at least 2,000 same-sex couples in Kansas will choose to get married in the next three years but, she says most of the increased wedding business will likely happen within the next year. The trend nationwide is that half of same-sex couples marry within the first three years of marriage legalization. The Wichita Eagle reports that photographers, florists, hair stylists, dressmakers and bakeries say they're eager to get in on the new business.

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