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Could Profit From Gay Marriage

California County
Could Profit From Gay Marriage

Sonoma State University, in Northern California, has found that significant economic gains are in its county's future if Proposition 8 is defeated this November.

Sonoma State University, in Northern California, has found that significant economic gains are in its future if Proposition 8 is defeated this November.

The university's Center for Regional Economic Analysis found that Sonoma County would gain 864 jobs and increase business revenues up to $4.8 million if the proposition, which would amend California's constitution to ban gay marriage, is defeated. The county would also receive up to $27.6 million in new wages, according to the study release October 6. As much as $1.8 million of that could go toward health, human, police, and fire services.

"The continued ability of same-sex couples to marry provides ongoing, beneficial annual impacts to the Sonoma County economy," said center director Rob Eyler.

Napa Valley and Sonoma stand to benefit greatly as a wedding destination. The report estimates 1,496 couples from California, the state with the most same-sex couples, will marry in the county from 2009 to 2011 if Proposition 8 is defeated. (Kandice Day, The Advocate)

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