Press Release from Oregon United for Marriage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, April 14, 2014
Contact: Peter Zuckerman, Press Secretary, 503-836-7887
UCLA research study: Marriage equality would boost Oregon economy $47.3 million
Wedding Professionals United for Marriage reception: Caterers, photographers, planners and others plan to show off products and services for marriages of same-sex couples.
Allowing same-sex couples to marry would boost Oregon’s economy by $47.3 million over the first three years and generate 468 new jobs in the state, according to an independent research report conducted by UCLA’s Williams Institute.
The study (see attached) released today uses data from sources such as the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. It estimates that 5,887 Oregton gay and lesbian couples will marry in the first three years of marriage becoming legal and that couples will on average spend $6,399 on their weddings.
At least 166 caterers, photographers, wedding planners and other wedding professionals who make up the Wedding Professionals United for Marriage coalition plan to celebrate the news during a Marriage Equality Debut Reception at the Tiffany Center in Portland. At the reception, the wedding professionals plan to endorse marriage for same-sex couples and show off the products and services they look forward to offering gay and lesbian couples once Oregon wins the freedom to marry.
WHO: Wedding Professionals United for Marriage Reception
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Tuesday
WHERE: Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., Portland, Ore. 97205
Next week, a federal judge in Eugene will hear final arguments in a legal case challenging the constitutionality of Oregon’s law that excludes gay and lesbian couples from marriage. Since the Supreme Court struck down part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act last year, 11 of 11 federal judges have ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and 61 federal cases are pending around the country.
“I’ve planned hundreds of weddings for straight couples and am counting down the days until I can finally marry my partner in Oregon,” said Lee Collins, general manager of Rafati’s Catering and an organizer of today’s event.
“I can’t wait to photograph more weddings,” said wedding photographer Andie Petkus. “Love makes everyone more photogenic!”
The researchers who conducted the study are independent of the marriage campaign.