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UH report: Gay marriage would add $217M to Hawaii economy

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:42 p.m. HST, Jul 25, 2013


A new economic analysis from the University of Hawaii says legalizing gay marriage in the state would boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years.

The study from the university's Economic Research Organization says that would boost state and local general excise tax revenues by more than $10 million from 2014 through 2016.

The study's author, Prof. Sumner LaCroix, says two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting gay marriage give a clearer picture for Hawaii tourism.

LaCroix says most of the added visitor spending would come from couples from other U.S. states that have legalized gay marriage. He estimates $166 million would be spent on marriage ceremonies and honeymoons.

LaCroix says nearly 2,000 same-sex couples living in Hawaii could be married by the end of 2016.







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kiragirl wrote:
$10 million is peanuts. Morality is more important.
on July 25,2013 | 10:21AM
onwardupward wrote:
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on July 25,2013 | 10:29AM
kiragirl wrote:
You're correct. Just call it civil unions.
on July 25,2013 | 10:48AM
onwardupward wrote:
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on July 25,2013 | 11:14AM
kiragirl wrote:
Yes! Equal benefits from the State and Federal governments.
on July 25,2013 | 11:25AM
AlanR wrote:
And the way to have equal benefits from both the state and federal gov't is only through marriage.
on July 25,2013 | 11:58AM
kiragirl wrote:
Not necessarily so. The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional. That's it. Many questions unanswered. Individual states must now decide what to do.
on July 25,2013 | 12:36PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Im on the same boat as Kiragirl-unionization can accomplish the same result.
on July 25,2013 | 12:44PM
Anonymous wrote:
GONEGOLFIN and kiragirl can take the same boat and leave
on July 25,2013 | 04:36PM
Skyler wrote:
Agree. Get the government out of the marriage business, Civil Unions for all.
on July 25,2013 | 11:30AM
AlanR wrote:
It is never going to happen.
on July 25,2013 | 11:58AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Agreed again. Civil unions should be the norm for ALL couples, and marriage can become strictly ceremonial for those who wish it. That way, churches can decide who they feel comfortable marrying and we leave it out of the legal arena.
on July 25,2013 | 11:43AM
AlanR wrote:
Churches have always had the right to decide who they will or will not marry. Churches will continues to have that right after Hawaii legalizes marriage for same-sex couples.
on July 25,2013 | 11:58AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Yes, and taking marriage out of the legal arena all together makes perfect sense. It's fast becoming an antiquated notion that each subsequent generation eschews more and more.
on July 25,2013 | 12:16PM
kiragirl wrote:
Agree! This should please both sides, I think.
on July 25,2013 | 12:37PM
AlanR wrote:
Equality doesn't exist with civil unions as they are not recognized in federal law. Only marriage is federally recognized and the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal gov't must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples. The time for civil unions is over.
on July 25,2013 | 11:57AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Which is why the motions on the floor should be to incorporate Unions into the state/federal equal rights and just leave marriage out of the concept all together. I am in full support of equality, but not when it comes to marriage. Lets not put the word into the same arena as same-sex.
on July 25,2013 | 03:12PM
AlanR wrote:
Civil unions are not recognized in federal law and don't provide equality.
on July 25,2013 | 11:56AM
Skyler wrote:
Fix it then.
on July 25,2013 | 09:05PM
1local wrote:
animals and underage as well?
on July 25,2013 | 11:09AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Why do narrow-minded people insist on making that kind of analogy? You embarrass yourself. There is nothing perverse about two consensual adults wanting to marry each other as a celebration of their love.
on July 25,2013 | 11:45AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Yes 2 consensual adults of different sexes. Please, lets not contaminate the issue of marriage.
on July 25,2013 | 12:47PM
kuewa wrote:
1local: If you want to advocate for legalization of marriage to animals and children, go right ahead. It's a free country I don't think you will find much support, though, except maybe from a dog or two (depending on how you look, of course).
on July 25,2013 | 03:20PM
pcman wrote:
After legalizing same sex marriage, would the laws against sodomy and sadomasochism be repealed so that the new sexually correct crowd can do their sex legally?
on July 25,2013 | 11:15AM
csdhawaii wrote:
If those things are illegal, they shouldn't be. :D Don't knock it until you try it.
on July 25,2013 | 11:46AM
EightOEight wrote:
SCOTUS struck down Texas's anti-sodomy law in 2003 as unconstitutional because it criminalizes the consensual sexual conduct of adults. By the way, you do know that heterosexuals engage in sodomy, sadomasochism and more, too, right???
on July 25,2013 | 11:54AM
csdhawaii wrote:
AMEN, onwardupward.
on July 25,2013 | 11:42AM
Aieagrl wrote:
They should keep the vows of "to death do they part", then criminalize divorce. Marriage is so over rated.
on July 25,2013 | 12:06PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Death by what. Old age or AIDS?
on July 25,2013 | 04:13PM
EightOEight wrote:
Very Christian comment.
on July 25,2013 | 10:14PM
false wrote:
I've been in a relationship with my two ladies for a few years now. We all love each other and live together. I wonder when we will be able to get legal recognition and the benefits of marriage?
on July 25,2013 | 02:44PM
mikethenovice wrote:
When the Bible is burned.
on July 25,2013 | 04:14PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Gay visitors spend a lot because they don't have kids to be concerned with.
on July 25,2013 | 04:10PM
EightOEight wrote:
You are clueless like GoneGolfin.
on July 25,2013 | 10:13PM
ryan02 wrote:
Isn't sex within marriage MORE moral? If so, then we should encourage all marriages, include same-sex.
on July 25,2013 | 10:37AM
kiragirl wrote:
Sex between same sexes? Argh.
on July 25,2013 | 10:50AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lower than a animal.
on July 25,2013 | 04:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
lower than your grammar
on July 25,2013 | 04:38PM
AlanR wrote:
Actually it is $217 million Kiragirl. Re-read the article. It is just $10 million in General Excise Tax revenue.
on July 25,2013 | 11:56AM
kiragirl wrote:
The other $207 million does not affect me. Income to the general fund do.
on July 25,2013 | 12:41PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I agree, I dont care how much revenue it would bring in. I believe in equality for all, but lets leave the title of "marriage" out of the equation.
on July 25,2013 | 12:43PM
mreduardo wrote:
Divorced people who were married to opposite sex partners, like Garrett Hashimoto, Senator Kim and Linda Lingle are poor examples to keep gay people from being legally married in the state and accepted by the Federal Governmnent. Perhaps they should talk about their own miarriage failures rather than preventing loving couples from accessing equality....If you're straight and divorced, you should recuse yourself from the marriage debate. Can we get a list of divorced legislators?
on July 25,2013 | 04:26PM
FrankieT wrote:
If you are going to have gay marriage then do it for the right equality reasons not money.
on July 25,2013 | 10:25AM
toad103410 wrote:
Frankie T, couldn't have said it better myself! One more comment: How did the economists (who are always correct, LOL) come up with this dollar amount?
on July 25,2013 | 11:16AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Money talks big time in the USA. Brother, can you spare me a dime?
on July 25,2013 | 10:29AM
spanda08 wrote:
I agree with Kiragirl. Morality is priceless
on July 25,2013 | 11:05AM
onwardupward wrote:
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on July 25,2013 | 11:17AM
kiragirl wrote:
Divorce is not in the minds and hearts of newly weds. Divorce/Separation will happen on both sides!
on July 25,2013 | 11:27AM
csdhawaii wrote:
What's your point? It doesn't address onward's point that those who argue against gays getting married to save the "sanctity" of marriage, are really fighting the wrong fight. If marriage is so holy and reverent and needs to be "defended," the proper way to do it is to forbid people from breaking that sacred bond by outlawing divorce.
on July 25,2013 | 11:48AM
kiragirl wrote:
Point is - sh-t happens!
on July 25,2013 | 12:44PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Pre-nup contract.
on July 25,2013 | 04:15PM
8082062424 wrote:
even in god law there is reason for divorce.
on July 25,2013 | 11:39AM
stingray65 wrote:
Only for those who have Morals!!! Lots of people forget the very begining... It was Adam and Eve!! Not Adam and Steve!! PCman is completely Correct!!
on July 25,2013 | 11:53AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Lots of people don't believe in Adam and Eve. Laws aren't going to be based on one religion's fictional characters from a very long story book. Not any more.
on July 25,2013 | 12:21PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
So let me see-if I remember correctly the good book talks about 10 commandments. Within those 10 commandments are several rules that most moral people live by. I for one would hate to think these beliefs are wrong. Whether you believe or not, the premise and ethical values described in this book, are very important guidelines to live by.
on July 25,2013 | 03:19PM
onwardupward wrote:
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on July 25,2013 | 01:20PM
juke wrote:
i can see you dont read a bible or know god.
on July 25,2013 | 02:22PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Show some respect. Use upper case for the words, God and Bible.
on July 25,2013 | 04:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
1Corinthians 10:23 answers your question, although it's premise is based on a working relationship with Jesus.
on July 25,2013 | 03:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Are you saying the gays finally bit the forbidden apple?
on July 25,2013 | 04:15PM
Anonymous wrote:
NO SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN HAWAII! You want sxame benefits, get married to someone of the opposite sex!
on July 25,2013 | 11:27AM
csdhawaii wrote:
JUST DO IT. Sheesh. We're overdue; we're supposed to be one of the most progressive states in the nation, and we're getting beaten to the punch by a growing number of states. Kudos to them...now, let's get with it, Hawaii!
on July 25,2013 | 11:42AM
stingray65 wrote:
How progressive? they cannot even fix the roads and water main!! Now they wanted rails system. They only have money for the project from Kapolei to Waipahu!!!
on July 25,2013 | 11:58AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Progressive in the way we think. Progressive in being accepting of people no matter their ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc. I agree we are not progressive in arenas like infrastructure.
on July 25,2013 | 12:22PM
kiragirl wrote:
Tolerance works both ways.
on July 25,2013 | 12:46PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Our leaders don't care about the infrastructure in Hawaii. They don't plan on staying in Hawaii.
on July 25,2013 | 04:18PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
So if you and the rest of the state were to go jump in a freeway, you'd happily join in. Please, its immoral, unatural, and just plain wrong! Better yet, disgusting.
on July 25,2013 | 03:22PM
gari wrote:
what a slant oskar garcia
on July 25,2013 | 11:46AM
dpinsacto wrote:
I can hear them chanting now..... "We're here, we're ______, we like it up the rear!"
on July 25,2013 | 12:45PM
EightOEight wrote:
Sac, you are the rear.
on July 25,2013 | 10:12PM
dpinsacto wrote:
I'll take your word for it. I'm sure you've seen a lot of them since that's the only orifice that turns you on.
on August 6,2013 | 07:20PM
mreduardo wrote:
Garrett Hashimoto - leading lobbyist for Catholics against marriage equality is DIVORCED Linda Lingle - former governor who vetoed civil unions is TWICE DIVORCED Senator Donna Kim - Legislator opposed to marriage equality is DIVORCED Is it right for divorced people to be opposed to marriage equality, or is it HYPOCRISY AND DISCRIMINATORY for divorced people to legally stand in the way of marriage for loving couples? I hope HI welcomes marriage equality soon.
on July 25,2013 | 12:56PM
kiragirl wrote:
Coming from you, if marriage is that bad, then civil union is what you want so why bother with marriage?
on July 25,2013 | 01:09PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I thought the topic was marriage? Now you're talking divorce. If we are going to get off the subject, can we talk about kids. How exactly do 2 women have kids, or 2 men have kids? I dont understand that. If it is equality you want with your government subsidies, social security, and other benefits...I whole-heartedly agree...but please lets stop the marriage squabble.
on July 25,2013 | 03:26PM
mishtah wrote:
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on July 25,2013 | 01:07PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I do not support gay marriage, and feel the question of whether this nation considers homosexuality as moral has never even been asked much less decided. That being said, it's refreshing to hear from someone on the other side with a reasonable perspective, particularly concerning "scientific" evidence in support of homosexuality.
on July 25,2013 | 01:52PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
WHO CARES about that little small drop in the bucket. Its the bathwater (idea of marriage) that is the issue.
on July 25,2013 | 03:27PM
konag43 wrote:
you are so right kiragirl. money is not everything. i bet a lot of gay parents would give a lot of money not to have their kids turn gay . and moral has nothing to do with gay marriage and infact gay marriage is inmoral because if you are a moral person you would not even think of being gay. i will never except gay marriage ever.
on July 25,2013 | 02:15PM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
And legalized gambling would bring in even MORE $$$ to Hawaii's economy!!! I agree with Kiragirl also.
on July 25,2013 | 02:31PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Somebody with some sense!
on July 25,2013 | 03:28PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
UH needs to do a study of polygamous marriage, too! Who knows how much money dat kine nuptials will bring in if it is legalized?
on July 25,2013 | 03:02PM
leiann wrote:
Please...Do we really need there money?????
on July 25,2013 | 03:39PM
Graham wrote:
Reason to legalize Gay marriage is because it would bring 217m into the economy...study how much money legalized prostitution and gambling would bring....
on July 25,2013 | 04:17PM
pakeheat wrote:
What about legalizing marijuana too?
on July 25,2013 | 08:28PM
tutulois wrote:
It's not about the money - it's a civil rights issue. And people in Hawaii, of all places, should recognize that. It wasn't long ago that in many states inter-racial marriages were illegal, considered disgusting and immoral in many US states. Thank God THAT changed -- it's about time to change it for single-sex couoles, too.
on July 25,2013 | 07:16PM
pakeheat wrote:
illegal inter-raicial marriages with opposite sexes, right tutulois?
on July 25,2013 | 08:30PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Forrest Gump said it best, "stupid is as stupd does".
on July 26,2013 | 02:30AM
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