Legalizing same-sex marriage could pay off

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Same-sex couples will now be spending a pretty penny on lavish weddings in Pennsylvania.

“Literally in a day, because of a court ruling, your business potential has grown a lot,” said David Black, president & CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

Black says legalizing same-sex marriage was music to the ears of the wedding industry.

“Harrisburg is a very gay-friendly community. I know a lot of people locally who have gone elsewhere to get married so I think there will be an impact here,” he said.

Tuesday’s historic decision has opened the door for florist Jim Martin, owner of The Garden Path in Harrisburg, to reach a whole new wedding demographic.

“For us, 35 percent of our business is from weddings, so hopefully that will go up another 10-15 percent,” said Martin.

With no appeal forthcoming from Governor Tom Corbett, couples will not be forced to wed quickly and on paper. Now, they’ll have time to plan and plan big.

“A commitment ceremony is one thing, but to have a reception, ceremony at the church is huge a huge help for us,” Martin said.

The wedding season just kicked off as it traditionally does after Mother’s Day, and Martin is hoping his floral business will be blooming.

“With the economy being the way it is, any extra business is greatly appreciated,” he said.

According to the Wedding Report, couples who live in or travel to Dauphin County spend between $20,000 and $34,000 on their weddings.


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