Gay marriage — all the cool kids are doing it

photo by Maxintosh

Love must really be in the spring air this week: not one, but two states have legalized gay marriage in less than 7 days! Last Friday it was Iowa, and just this past Tuesday it was Vermont.  That brings the grand total of cool states dedicated to marriage equality up to four, including Massachusetts (which made it legal in 2004) and Connecticut (in 2008). And as if to put a cherry on top, the D.C. Council just voted, on Tuesday as well, to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, just as New York does.

Fingers crossed there will now be a domino effect on other states, especially during these tough economic times, not only when the financial benefits of marriage (joint credit, health care coverage, inheritance rights) are really important for couples who might be struggling, but when states could really use an influx of cash via the wedding industrial complex. (So perhaps, at least for the cynics among us, it’s less about love and more about money.)

In fact, if things get much worse money-wise, we might see states racing to legalize gay marriage before their neighboring states do, just so they can reap the tourism benefits. Eventually, all states will allow — indeed celebrate — gay marriage (just you wait!), at which point those tourism dollars will dry up. But at least then you’ll probably have a fabulous gay wedding reception to attend wherever you are to help take your mind off any economic downturns.

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