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