“Analysts say that a mini-industry will sprout up as California prepares to become the only US state that will allow gays and lesbians from outside the region to get hitched on its soil.”  (Click here for the entire story, California economy boosted by gay marriage bonanza, found on Yahoo.)

Although Massachusetts does allow same-sex marriages as well, the law only applies to state residents.  What does that mean?  It means Cali is settin’ up for a monopoly!  And, I’m not talking about Comunity Chest cards and Boardwalk-buying monopoly.  I’m talking about an economy-boosting, greenback-spending monopoly!

“According to a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study published earlier this week, around 51,000 of the 102,000 same-sex couples living in California are expected to marry over the next three years.  A further 67,500 same-sex couples from other states that are likely to recognize their vows are expected to come to California during the same period to get married, the study found.”

The economy is numero uno on the majority of people’s minds these days, and here we have a solution that does the trick.  Do you know how much the average wedding costs these days?!  The wedding industry ropes in upwards of $72 billion a year.

–The average wedding budget is around $20,000.

–$8 billion a year is spent on honeymoons.

–$19 billion a year is spent on wedding gifts.

Seriously, that’s a lot of moolah.  And, why not let the local businesses reap the benefits.  Let’s take Disney, for example, I think we can all agree that those who are running Disney are pretty business savvy, right?!  And, not only has Disney been offering partner benefits since 1996, they are now also offering their Fairy Tale Wedding package to gay couples wanting a “commitment” ceremony.  We’re talking packages that run the gamut from $8,000 to $45,000 to…who knows!  

My point is that, Disney is running away with profits by tapping into this niche market (not that Disney was hurting for profits before).  So ______ (insert any state, politician’s name), why not let Joe’s Cake Shop and Lucy’s Flower Store pull in some of the dollars falling out of gay couples’ pockets?!  There are a lot of rich people who happen to be gay as well out there, people!  Cynthia Nixon (actor), John Amaechi (NBA star), Alan Ball (writer/director), Ellen (TV host), David Geffen (co-founder of Dreamworks)…the list goes on.

When business is good, jobs are available, the economy is boosted, the dollar is strengthened, etc….  Doesn’t that sound like a good thing!?  For realzies.