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Same-Sex Marriage Expected to Boost Wedding Business

Cake shops, wedding venues expect to see part of $90 million boost from marriage-equality provision.

With the passage of Question 6, approving same-sex marriage, some financial analysts say Maryland’s economy could see as much as a $90 million boost, according to a recent Gazette story.

Mark Yost, president of the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, quoted research from UCLA's Williams Institute that suggested there could be $3.6 million in sales and lodging tax revenue, and $21 million per year from other wedding-related businesses.

A reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal spoke with Mary Alice Yetskey, marketing director of Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes, who believes that her business will see a “much busier January” than normal. 

The article also quotes Mark Scurti, an attorney specializing in LGBT issues at Towson’s Pessin Katz Law, discussing the need for lawyers who “understand the intricacies” of same-sex couple marriages.

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