Same-Sex Marriage Boosts Morale and Economy

On Sunday, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples gathered to get married in Washington State. The Seattle Times’ coverage of the historic day includes a spectrum of individual couples’ stories. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn was quoted during the ceremonies at Seattle City Hall saying, “hey, rest of the country: get on board. There’s nothing but love and happiness happening here.”

Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times
First Baptist Church in Seattle: 14 male and 11 female couples take part in a group ceremony on December 9, 2012.

As reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal, many Puget Sound businesses are using the historic day as an opportunity to gain a foothold in the same-sex wedding market. Seattle’s Renaissance Hotel, for example, offered a one-night special on December 9 for same-sex couples, including a luxury hotel room and a bottle of sparkling wine for $74. The Four Seasons in downtown Seattle offered a private ceremony and room package for $1,000. A UCLA study released in January estimated that new spending on same-sex wedding-related arrangements would generate $88 million for Washington State’s economy over three years, with up to $57 million in the first year. Another article from The Seattle Times covered the business boosts expected as a result of same-sex marriages in Washington State. The economic impact of the new law has already been apparent, according to reports from local business owners interviewed in both articles.

City Hall Open House on January 28th

(From Mayor Mike McGinn’s blog)

City Hall belongs to the people of Seattle. That’s why for the third year in a row, we’re asking the community to come downtown to City Hall and enjoy local music and food, learn about resources the City provides, meet local elected officials and connect with opportunities to make our community a better place.

Please join us for an Open House at City Hall on January 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Mayor McGinn, the Seattle City Council, City Attorney Pete Holmes and representatives of City departments will be available for questions and discussion, along with:

  • live music,
  • on-site farmers market,
  • local food trucks,
  • dogs from the Seattle Animal Shelter who are looking for a good home,
  • Q&A with elected officials,
  • tours of the mayor’s office and Council offices, and
  • workshops on understanding your credit and how a bill becomes a law.

We hope you can join us on January 28th.

Click here for more information.