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USA: Marriage Equality Trumps Religious Objections, Poll Finds

Friday, June 27th, 2014

titleA new poll finds that a majority of Americans think marriage equality should trump “religious freedom”, at least when it comes to health care and businesses.

The Gazette Extra reports:

A solid majority of Americans now supports equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of employees–even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54 percent of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious grounds.

When it’s about commerce, LGBT rights (just like African American rights and women’s rights) should trump someone’s religious objections.

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France: Marriage Equality Offers New Business Opportunities

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Paris, FranceNow that France recognizes full marriage equality, there’s a huge market waiting to be tapped by vendors. Smart Planet reports:

Just days after, drag queen threads and cocktails were replaced by tuxedos and canapes as the city welcomed the first gay marriage expo, G-Day. Wedding planners, photographers, and consultants were all on hand to help couples navigate the uncharted waters of holding a proper wedding in France. One company, Primeday, is looking to be the first to provide A-Z assistance for newly engaged couples — and they aren’t stopping in France. Event planning for gay civil unions (called the PACS, in France) has been around since lesbian and gay couples could acknowledge their partnerships with the PACS in 1999. But with marriage now legal, few services are in place to cater to this market that has enormous spending potential.

At Purple Unions and Gay Marriage Watch, we list gay friendly wedding vendors in France – if you know any, send them our way!

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USA, Texas: Is Ban on Marriage Equality Hurting State Businesses?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Texas mapAre gays and lesbians ready to flee the Lone Star State to get federal marriage benefits? And will many businesses be reluctant to relocate there because of the anti-equality stance? Anna Waugh at the Dallas Voice thinks so:

Tony Vedda, president of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, said Perry’s efforts are pointless if he and other Republican leaders don’t see the benefits of an inclusive workforce. He said businesses should stop viewing marriage equality as a gay issue because it affects society as a whole. “Economic development groups, chambers of commerce and the governor’s office continue their efforts to attract businesses to Texas while shooting themselves in the foot with the state’s lack of equality,” he said. “Intentional or not, some businesses will certainly move to Texas; but I’m willing to bet that a good deal of them will not.” Chuck Smith, executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas, said most major companies already offer competitive benefits to LGBT employees and “we’re reaching a point where Texas is less competitive among other states.”

Why would a mobile gay or lesbian couple stay in a state that explicitly bans them from receiving equal treatment, especially now that other states offer full marriage equality?

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Maine, USA: Businesses Hoping for Boost From Marriage Equality

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Maine Businesses Hoping for Boost From Marriage EqualityThe dark purple, almost black lilies will come from Sawyer & Co. in Portland, and the cupcake wedding cake will hail from Two Fat Cats Bakery. The black diamond and black gold rings were handmade by Garo Celik in New York City.

The couple will celebrate with friends at a Portland restaurant, and have hired a local limousine service to bring the group to their wedding ceremony.

Business owners are hoping to see a rise in demand for such goods and services as legalized gay marriage arrives in Maine later this week, but the impact may take time to build as people plan their events.

Authored By Jessica Hall – See the Full Story at Portland Press Herald

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Maine, USA: Marriage Equality Debate Focuses on Businesses

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Maine Marriage Equality Debate Focuses on BusinessesThe two sides in the same-sex marriage debate traded barbs Wednesday on what would happen to businesses if gay marriage becomes legal in Maine.

Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic League of Maine argued that business owners who object to gay marriage would be put in a difficult position because they would be forced to provide services to gay couples.

But Matt McTighe of Mainers United for Marriage said those business owners already have to abide by the state’s 2005 law that does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Authored By Susan M. Cover – See the Full Story at the Kennebec Journal

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New York, USA: Marriage Equality Boosts Business

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Marriage Equality Boosts Business in New York StateAs an accountant with many gay clients, Adeptus Partners’ Shelly Goch has seen her business grow as much as 50% since same-sex marriage was legalized in New York state last June.

“It’s so much more complicated for same-sex couples,” she said. “Wills, financial planning, estates, trusts–all have to be considered to minimize the tax burden.”

Indeed, New York accountants are finding that gay marriage is good for their business.

Authored By Steve Weinstein – See the Full Story at Crain’s New York

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Indiana, USA: Proposed Marriage Equality Ban Could Be Bad for Business

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Indiana Marriage EqualityTerre Haute business owner Mike Tingley has some pretty strong opinions about legislative efforts in Indiana toward a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

“It’s a good reason for people to leave Indiana if such a thing should happen,” he said. “It would be a serious step backwards.”

A member of his family is a lesbian and he has many friends who are gay or lesbian.

Authored By Sue Loughlin- See the Full Story at the South Bend Tribune

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