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Same Sex Marriages Could Boost Bronxville Economy

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- With the same-sex marriage law going into effect on Sunday, gay couples from across the country will be able to wed in New York for the first time.

However, couples waiting to get married may not be the only ones excited about the new law. Businesses in New York could experience a boost in revenue from same-sex couples planning weddings. Florists, caterers and other marriage-related industries expect an increase in customers.

However, the business boom might not be seen right away.

“It takes time to plan a big wedding. Any increases in business due to the new law may not happen right away,” said Mary Tryforos, owner of Tryforos and Pernice Florists in Bronxville, who said she has not had any inquiries yet.

David Juhren is the Executive Director at the LOFT, a White Plains-based community services center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals in the lower Hudson valley. Juhren said there are a lot of same-sex couples waiting to get married and it could be huge for New York.

“First of all they will bring in, it’s estimated, about a little under $400 million dollars,” Juhren said.

Such a potentially large impact on local businesses has been one of the driving incentives for passing the law, Juhren said.

“That’s been one of our arguments for years is the amount of revenue that would be generated by marriage equality,” he said.

Bloomberg News reported earlier this month that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to launch a campaign to advertise the city as a place for destination marriages for gay couples. In the article a spokeswoman for NYC & Company said the new "NYC I Do" campaign would create millions of dollars for the city's tourism industry.

Some businesses haven't seen a physical return on that expectation yet, but there are signs of an increase on the way.

Either way, both flower shop owners are happy about the new law.

What kind of impact do you think same-sex marriages will have in Westchester County? Let us know below in the comments section or on our Facebook page or Twitter.

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