In an NYC& Co. survey, New York City’s marketing and tourism office and the city clerk’s office have collected interesting new information on the benefits that the city receives from allowing gay Americans to walk down the aisle. More than 10 percent of wedding licenses issued in New York City this past year were issued to homosexuals. In that first year, more than 8,200 gay couples were married.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure last year giving gays the right to marry. This act made New York State one of six states that legalized gay marriage last year. Since then over 200,000 guests have travelled to New York City to attend gay weddings and gay receptions. At an average daily rate of 275 dollars a night, more than 235,000 hotel rooms were booked by these guests who traveled into the city.
Mayor Bloomberg happily welcomes gay marriage, as well as the recent growth in New York City’s economy. Bloomberg says, “Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free –- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy.”