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Md In MD? Becoming We In ME? Let The Gay Wedding Destination Duke-Out Begin
Nov 14, 2012 by GayCities
Now that voters have approved marriage equality in three new states, the savvy tourism folks in Maine, Maryland and Washington are wasting little time in rolling out their red carpets to gay and lesbian nuptial-planning couples.
And no wonder: A study released Monday by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law suggests that same-sex weddings in the states could generate more than $166 million in revenue over the next three years, with $88.5 million coming from WA, $62.5 million from MD, and $15.5 million coming from ME.
The city of Baltimore is the first official entity out of the gate to offer a comprehensive same-sex wedding portal, complete with links to gay-friendly venues and hotels, an LGBT visitors guide, and that all-important information about obtaining a marriage license in Maryland.
The other two states’ largest cities, Seattle and Portland, each feature dedicated LGBT sections on their official tourism sites (here and here), but as yet, haven’t included info about local same-sex weddings.
Portland’s DownEast Pride Alliance has meanwhile launched Gay Weddings in Maine, with full information promised for December 1. Other Maine locales considered potentially hot new LGBT marriage destinations include Ogunquit and Kennebunkport.
Many specific venues in the three states have already hopped on the gay marriage bandwagon as well. Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel, for example, is offering complete “Plunge with Pride” wedding packages starting under $3900, while Baltimore’s Chase Court – which has hosted same-sex commitment ceremonies for some time – is now eagerly booking gay weddings.
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