In 2009, during the height of the furor over California's Proposition 8—the measure that banned same-sex marriages across the state and is currently being challenged in court—actor Neil Patrick Harris sang an interesting argument about the amount of money that same-sex marriage could contribute to the economy in a Web video called Prop 8: The Musical.
Turns out Doogie Howser was right.
The New York Post is reporting that revenue to New York City's marriage bureau jumped by more than $200,000 thanks to gay marriage.
From the article:
Total revenue to the city’s marriage bureau jumped from $2.07 million from August through December 2010, to $2.26 million in the same period last year, after same-sex nuptials went into effect, according the City Clerk’s Office.
Gay couples began getting married on July 24 last year.
The city issued 36,913 marriage licenses from July 24, 2010, to Feb. 22, 2011, and 41,967 during the same time period the following year, ending yesterday, according to the clerk’s office.
The Post article doesn't include any numbers on the external costs of getting married, just the licenses. But according to costofwedding.com, the average wedding costs $26,542, meaning the extra 5,054 couples getting married likely contributed $134 million and change to New York's economy. Not too shabby.