Estimates are that 34 percent to 50 percent of all same-sex couples plan a ceremony at some point in their lives. Connecticut couples, who can begin requesting marriage licenses today, will most likely plan traditional celebrations.
A study conducted by the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies and the Williams Project of UCLA Law School in 2006 found that Connecticut could expect to see a boost to its wedding and tourist businesses that could bring in close to $2 million a year in sales-tax revenues.
“We’ve seen a lot of spending by same-sex couples on weddings in Massachusetts, and Connecticut couples are also likely to spend thousands of dollars if they could marry,” said economist and study co-author, Dr. M.V. Lee Badgett, when the study was released.
The Same Love Same Rights Wedding Expo in Connecticut will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Shelton on Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
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