The city’s marriage bureau saw an almost 10 percent increase in revenue during the last three months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, the Post reports. Gay marriage became legal in New York State last year on July 24; the data is from August to December. Roughly 5,000 more people were married in New York City during that time in 2011 than in 2010, (though the number of those that were gay marriages is unclear; the city does not require couples to list their genders when filing for marriage).
Add this almost $200,000 increase in revenues to what have surely been bumps for tourism-related businesses, catering halls, flower shops, dress shops, tuxedo rental places, limo rental outlets, sparkling wine manufacturers, and other industries related to the Marriage Economic Complex, and marriage equality is practically as sure a cure for the economic blues as World War II was for an earlier generation. Let’s gay-marry our way out of this recession!