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.”
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.