WATCH: Same-Sex Marriages Prove Good for Business - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

When New York State approved the Marriage Equality Act it not only gave same sex couples the right to marry but also potentially provided local small business owners a much-needed boost in a troubled economy. Unable to marry previously, many gay and lesbian couples have been eager to flex their new legal rights, creating an influx of business to those in the wedding industry. From jewelers and cake makers to wedding planners, local business owners in the field have seen an uptick in foot traffic and profits, estimated to be $142 million over the next three years. hit the pavement to investigate.

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Kahliah A. Laney

Kahliah A. Laney is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. The California native attended the University of California, Davis, double majoring in English and Sociology. Kahliah currently attends the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been featured in Government Technology magazine, the Mott Haven Herald, and on the New York City News Service. She has been a contributor to since June 2011.