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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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cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I know a lot of couples that are married and in limbo. I also know many like myself that were planning a wedding within the next year or two. It's ridiculous and stupid.
teperry3 teperry3 8 years
AND this whole teaching it in school... BS. But good job to all the marketing executatives who decided to have some start lying young in the comercials!
teperry3 teperry3 8 years
This is such a sad thing to see, and being a Californian, I am upset by the vote people made. Esp. since the majority of people who voted yes on 8, have faced discrimination for years! It's upsetting to not know what is going to happen to all the people that were married, the state can not declare them divorced, and it's upsetting to know that they are being treated differently, I agree with the actress who said she does not feel like she should have to pay taxes since she is not being treated like a human being.. Can't remember if it was Jodi Foster or not?
said8me said8me 8 years
i too agree with most of the above. keep religion out of it. not everyone believes in god, and no one should be forced to follow the rules of a particular god... especially in AMERICA. land of the free, my ars...
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I agree with runningesq. Everyone should be granted the right to have civil unions under the law, which ought to offer equal benefits to both gay and straight couples, and churches can decide what they will and won't recognize as a 'marriage'. Separation of church and state, right?
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Lickity ---- I'm of the mind that EVERYONE should be able to have a CIVIL UNION (straight couples and gay couples) ... and receive all the government benefits that go along with what we call "marriage" now. Let the church(es) recognize what it/they will, and call that marriage. I agree with you that it's a semantics game and a religious issue and a civil rights argument. I - personally - believe that not allowing two consenting adults to marry is a clear violation of the due process/ equal protection clause.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i'm worried about how prop 8 is ultimately going to play out. on one side is the religious right, and you know that once you bring god into the equation you are not going to change anyone's mind. on the other side is the human rights argumant with people who feel they are being treated like second class citizens. when you can't even agree on what the problem is (what you are calling it vs. equality) you can't even begin a dialogue. yes and no voters are pretty evenly divided, so half of the state is going to be unhappy. that's a lot of angry citizens. anyone see the good here? anyone see a possible compromise here? i don't. we can talk till we are blue in the face about how the other side is wrong, that isn't getting us anywhere.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that this is such a horrible thing, and i really feel for the businesses in CA that now have to figure out a plan B. to think that they had seen a rise in their business during a time that the economy was doing so poorly and now to have that reversed - well it's a shame. i don't personally know of any couples that aren't able to get married now, but i think that it's really awful that they are not being given the same rights anymore.
aprilmayjune4 aprilmayjune4 8 years
I know someone who recently moved from Michigan to California to be with his boyfriend. Their relationship was moving pretty quickly. I guess you just know when they're the one. This is so stupid, legislating what happens between two consenting adults. There's only one being who can judge, but unfortunately He cannot vote.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Nope. I know of couples that rushed to get a legal marriage license before the election. I know of couples that will continue to have a formal celebration later next year.
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