Gay Marriage New York: State To Court Same-Sex Marriage Tourism

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Gay Marriage New York: State To Court Same-Sex Marriage Tourism

Associated Press

Following Friday's passage of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, the governor has plans to market New York City as a gay wedding destination.

The law, signed June 24 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will go into effect July 24. Its passage came on the heels of a report finding that New York could gain $391 million from areas including economic activity and tax revenue within three years, reports Bloomberg.

Enter the "NYC I Do" campaign.

The incentive "will create millions of dollars in additional economic impact to the city's $31 billion tourism industry," Kimberly Spell, a spokeswoman for New York & Company, the city's marketing office, told Bloomberg. More details are still to come from the Mayor, she adds.

With the law's passage, New York will become the sixth and most populous state to legalize gay unions. Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and the District of Columbia also grant same-sex marriage licenses.

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