Today, National Organization for Marriage's Jennifer Roback Morse is trying to convince others (or herself) that marriage equality will not bring an economic benefit to Illinois. Morse claims to have taught economics at George Mason University and to have earned Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. Nevertheless, she writes:
Please. The simple fact is that weddings in Illinois are guaranteed to generate revenues for Illinois. Something that, for example, a vacation will not do.
A large percentage of the money spent on a wedding would stay in Illinois and 100% of the money spent on a wedding generates sales tax revenues for Illinois. 100% of the venue cost goes into the local economy and weddings require waiters, cooks and other employment as a direct result of the wedding. Food, liquor, flowers and other items will be purchased on the local economy.
Furthermore, revenues are not confined to the money that same-sex couples spend. Weddings tend to attract people from out-of-state. They will stay in Illinois hotels, eat at Illinois restaurants and shop at Illinois stores. Indeed, out-of-state money may very well be paying for the ceremony.
Ms. Morse is not interested in economic logic. Rather, she is intent on refuting a well-founded premise of marriage equality.