Gay marriage earned NYC $259M over past year, officials claim
At least 8,200 gay-marriage licenses were issued, accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 wedding licenses issued in New York City in the past year, Bloomberg and Quinn said in a statement Tuesday, citing a survey conducted by NYC & Co., the city's marketing and tourism office, and the city clerk's office.
New York became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage last year after Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure into law. More than 200,000 guests have since traveled from outside of the city to attend same-sex wedding receptions, and more than 235,000 hotel room nights were booked at an average daily room rate of $275, according to the mayor's statement.
"Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free -- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy," Bloomberg said in the statement.