Monday, April 6, 2009

More on Iowa and Gay Marriage

According to a UCLA study referenced by UPI, gay marriage will bring an additional $160,000,000 into the state economy over the next three years, due to couples from neighboring states where gay marriage is not yet legal choosing to marry in Iowa. The estimate is that 55,000 couples would do this.

Assuming that Iowa doesn't panic and fuck it up somehow. Midwesterners are not, as a people, especially prone to panic, but as the late Molly Ivins observed, sex has never been known to inspire a lot of particularly clear thinking.


Kenneth Moore said...

I understand, marriage is a really important event in many peoples' lives. But holy crap, that's a lot of money.

I calculated, and on average, a single couple will spend $2,909 on their wedding. To me, that's reasonable. But most of the people I know plan $15,000 up to $50,000 weddings. I can't even... It boggles my mind. One of my friends from university just asked me to be his best man, and I'm worried for him, 'cause he has pretty big expectations, but little money.

I love the idea of marriage, sure. But weddings? Gods, they make no sense to me.

But props to Iowa's economy. :-D Maine is holding a public hearing on April 24 to discuss two bills on gay marriage/civil unions.

Dominoes, man, dominoes.

Hey, what do you think about growing strawberry plants indoors?

mr_subjunctive said...

I totally agree. Weddings are ginormous wastes of money, at least as typically done at the moment in the U.S. They're not even, usually, that much fun to attend. But what're you gonna do.

Strawberry plants indoors? Possible in theory, I guess. Last year, we started strawberries in the greenhouse and had a few of them flower and fruit before they could go outside. I have no idea how easy it would be to create those same conditions in a home, though.

Benjamin Vogt said...

I get my best thinking done while being intimate. I often have to take breaks to get a notepad and pen. TMI? But seriously, Iowa has been impressive this last week.

Patrick M~ said...

Attention everyone: I am allowing gay marriage in my house. My rates are reasonable.

Julie said...

Props to Iowa, my birthplace! I am proud.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Love and miss Molly around here. That is a lot of money.

our friend Ben said...

I say, go to the judge and get your damn license, then have a big picnic at home. Forget mortgaging your life (or your parents') for a stupid wedding reception! But by all means get married and make your friends bring tons of flowers, food and champagne!

lancetx said...

Now adding Vermont to this list - quite an interesting month so far.