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As if love, respect and common decency aren’t enough, economics once again proves to be a valid reason to legalize marriage equality.
A study by the Williams Institute at UCLA found that legalizing marriage equality in Oregon would prove a huge boost to the economy, generating more than $47 million in the first three years and creating almost 500 new jobs. Calculations were based on the estimate that 6,000 couples would marry in three years, spending more than $6,300 on their weddings.
This is super important to keep in mind now, as a federal judge will hear final arguments next week in the case challenging Oregon’s marriage ban.
One Oregon business owner said half of her weddings are for same-sex couples who hold their ceremonies in Vancouver.
“And all that money that should be here in Oregon is going to Washington. Most of these couple are Oregon couples wanting to get the legalities done and have same rights and privileges that everybody else has,” said Melissa Coe, a wedding and funeral officiate and the co-founder of Wedding Professionals United for Marriage.
Oh look. Another one. How many reasons do we need?
Observing Day of Silence on Instagram
Friday marked the 19th Annual Day of Silence, a movement in schools and universities to call attention to the issue of LGBT bullying and harassment among youth.
Organized by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the day is marked by teens spending the day in silence as a symbol of the “silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias and behavior.” The organization estimates that hundreds of thousands of LGBT and allied students at more than 8,000 schools participated in the event this year, many wearing shirts, stickers or pins to explain their reason for silence.
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