Minn.'s gay marriage law already giving wedding businesses a boost

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It only took a few days after Minnesota’s same-sex marriage law was signed for wedding-related services to see an uptick in business.

The Business Journal reports wedding planners and bakers are among those benefiting from the thousands of additional couples preparing to tie the knot.

"We’ll do 10 to 20 percent more weddings, but I think it’s too early to tell," Sarah Trotter, owner of a Minnetonka-based wedding planning business, told the publication. "It’s going to have a long-term effect on the market."

Same-sex weddings could also boost Minnesota's hospitality and tourism industry.

“As the definition of family evolves, I’m sure our advertising will reflect the demographics,” Explore Minnesota Director John Edman told the Journal. “It’s giving us another way to sell the state.”

Minnesota became the 12th state in the country to legally recognize same-sex marriages last week when Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Freedom to Marry Bill into law.

According to the Business Journal, a recent Minnesota Management and Budget analysis expects more than 5,000 gay couples to marry within the year after the bill takes effect Aug. 1.

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