The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law just released the results of a new study [download PDF] that shows legalizing gay marriage was the best thing California could have done for its own economy.
Weddings by same-sex couples in California will have a positive impact on the state budget of approximately $64 million over the next three years. Sales and occupancy tax revenues from wedding related expenses by both in-state and out-of-state couples will total over $55.1 million. In addition, same-sex weddings will generate $8.8 million in marriage license fees for California counties.
Talk about economic stimulus (speaking of which, I still haven’t gotten my $600 from President Bush)! It would be hard for even Republicans to argue against the fact that gay weddings will be feeding their own capitalist dreams.