- Posted July 25, 2012 by
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The GLBT Roundup - July 25th
A wrap of news, issues and events which may impact or affect the GLBT segment of society.
Scotland: Scotland's government has announced plans to legalize same-sex marriages.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Wednesday that legislation permitting the marriages would soon be introduced.
The measure has backing from the major Scottish political parties. It follows a public consultation on the issue.
When enacted, Scotland could become the first part of the UK to allow same-sex marriages.
The UK government has conducted a public consultation on legalizing same-sex marriages, and it has the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron. But UK officials are waiting for the results of the public consultation before taking further steps.
New York City Sees Economic Boon: Gay marriage is generating millions of dollars for New York City's economy.
Since gay marriage was legalized in New York state a year ago, marriage license fees, local celebrations and wedding-related purchases have boosted New York City's economy by $259 million, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Tuesday.
"Marriage equality has made our City more open, inclusive and free -- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy," Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.
More than 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued over the past year, representing more than 10% of the 75,000 licenses issued in the city, according to a survey conducted by the City Clerk's Office and NYC & Company, the city's tourism and marketing organization.
The city collected $16 million in tax revenue from same-sex marriages over the past year. But weddings brought the biggest economic boost to the city, with about 67% of same-sex couples who got married in the city holding wedding receptions at venues like hotels, restaurants and catering halls throughout New York City's five boroughs.
Same-sex couples spent an average $9,039 on their weddings, while 31% spent $10,000 or more -- though that's still not as high as the $27,021 that the average couple spends on a wedding, according to a national survey of gay and straight newlyweds from TheKnot.com.
From the Cornfield, step-by-step, day-by-day, living life as one's self and not in a militancy of in-your-face, acceptance, tolerance and equality will one day come to all people no matter one's sexuality.