The times certainly are a-changin’. A number of states have bans against Same-Sex Marriage; but, as far as I’m concerned, they are now as worthless as the toothless tiger.
A couple of years ago, the Military eliminated the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Rule which, by itself, was ridiculous. Then, earlier this year, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8–both banning Same-Sex Marriage. But to me, the final nail in the coffin of the Gay Ban Laws was when the IRS declared that all legally married couples, regardless of what state they lived in, would be provided the same Income and Estate Tax rights afforded a married heterosexual couple. That includes employee benefits, as well.
Just this past week, Hawaii and Illinois increased the total to sixteen states, plus the District of Columbia, that permit Same-Sex Marriage. This is where the local hospitality lobbies will come into play.
When a Gay or Lesbian Couple marries, they will have to travel to a state that permits them to legally do so. In many cases, they will have family and friends attend–just like other couples–so, hotel rooms, receptions, flowers, etc. would be included in the Tourist Revenue for the state selected. States that continue to ban Same-Sex Marriages would accordingly loss jobs to the ones that do. So, the Wedding Entourage can fly to California or New York, let’s say, or take a cruise, be legally married and return home.