June 27, 2011
New York’s gay marriage law has less to do with human rights than it does money. New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, wants to launch a tourism campaign to draw homosexual couples to the Big Apple and entice them to relocate there and exchange nuptials.
“We’d love to have you come here,” Bloomberg said Monday. “Stay in a hotel. Buy flowers, clothes, meals or whatever. It’s good for the economy.”
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According to the NYC’s tourism agency the gay wedding industry is worth millions. “The agency plans to roll out an ad campaign to convince couples to take the plunge in the city where the gay rights movement began four decades ago,” the New York Daily News reports.
“NYC & Company is working to create a multi-channel, global communications and marketing campaign — NYC I DO — to promote the vibrancy and attractiveness of the five boroughs as a gay weddings destination,” said Kimberly Spell, the agency’s chief communications officer.
Exploiting the desire of gays to have the state sign off on their marriages, New York is feebly attempting to reduce a trend more than a decade in the making. Between 2000 and 2008, the Empire State had a net domestic outflow of more than 1.5 million, the biggest exodus of any state, with most hailing from New York City, according to The Wall Street Journal. Added to stats from 2001 through 2008, the mass departure translates into annual net income losses somewhere near $30 billion.
In addition to draconian anti-gun laws, the city has the highest taxes in the country. Especially hard hit are “millionaires” who earn more than $200,000.
Gays need to take this into consideration if they are considering relocating to New York in order to take advantage of the new gay marriage law. Couples who jointly earn $300,000 will also be fleeced at the higher rate.