"Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations is expected to create 108 to 323 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state"
A federal district court decision striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional is set to go into effect on February 9, 2015, now that the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a stay pending appeal.
In Alabama, there are nearly 6,600 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 2,700 children in their homes.
Williams Institute research also suggests that nearly 3,300 of these couples will marry in the first 3 years, generating $21.7 million to the state and local economy of Alabama and an additional $1.8 million in sales tax revenue.
Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations is expected to create 108 to 323 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state.
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Williams Institute scholars have filed amicus briefs and served as expert witnesses in many cases concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples. Numerous courts have relied explicitly on Williams Institute research in striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples, including the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.