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Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.

The business owners cited religious beliefs in declining to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships. And in each case, they were sued. Read more »

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Economic Impact Of New Jersey Same Sex Marriage

New Williams Institute Study Estimates that Extending Marriage to Same-Sex Couples in New Jersey Would Boost State Economy by $200 Million; Create over 1,400 Jobs
This week the Williams Institute released a new study estimating the impact of New Jersey extending marriage to same-sex couples.
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Gay Marriage in Maine will add $60 million in spending in next three years

A new research study released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law shows that by allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maine the state budget will experience a boost of approximately $8 million per year.  This net impact will  result from an increase in state income and sales tax revenue as well as savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs. The study finds that same-sex weddings and associated tourism will generate $60 million in spending over three years, providing a boom to the state economy.
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