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Gay Marriage Ban Hurts California Businesses

After a busy Summer of fulfilling orders for flowers and cakes to be showcased at same-sex weddings all over California, vendors are now seeing their business cut at the worst possible time. Voters passed Prop. 8, which effectively bans same-sex marriage in the state, and the demise of gay marriage is unfortunately hurting the businesses that supported same-sex couples.

Merchants like San Francisco florist Christopher Burnett have expressed the economic impact Prop. 8 is already having: "I have done a gay wedding every week. And so it’s very disheartening, because other business is very slow." Mayor Gavin Newsom conceded that Prop. 8 is only good for Massachusetts and Connecticut, the two states where gay marriages are still legal and will likely see a boost in the number of same-sex weddings. Opponents of Prop. 8 have appealed to the California Supreme Court to reverse the measure, but until that happens, vendors expect business to be slow.

Do you know any couples who had to cancel their upcoming wedding because of Prop. 8?


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