Steve Rothaus notes:
The historic Biltmore has launched a very modern campaign to attract brides and grooms of all sexual orientations — and their expensive weddings — to the grand Coral Gables hotel.This is more about economics than equality. I would note that Florida offers no recognition of any kind for gay couples. Overall, our state is profoundly unfriendly to LGBT people.
“People think it’s a conservative area. It’s not. The Biltmore has welcomed [gays and lesbians] for years,” said Wendy Kallergis, president of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, who worked as catering director at the hotel in the 1990s. “The wedding market, we were No. 1. On a slow weekend, we did three weddings.”
The simple fact is that Florida does not deserve these revenues!
The hospitality industry in equal marriage states has helped us achieve marriage equality. They deserve the revenues from same-sex marriages. Forfeiting these profits is part of the cost of inequality.