Assessing the Economic Impact of Gay Marriage Bans

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Friday, June 08, 2012

The Wisconsin gubernatorial recall vote is getting the headlines this week, but New York Times business columnist James B. Stewart is still reflecting on that big vote in North Carolina nearly a month ago – the one that that enacted a gay marriage ban in the state’s constitution.

North Carolina is ranked among the best U.S. states in which to do business, but Stewart considers how that vote could threaten the state’s sunny business client in the long-term.

Although the body of empirical evidence is not large (because the issue of gay marriage is relatively new), Stewart finds indications that gay-friendly places are attracting workers for the high-tech industries of the future. He also takes a look at business sentiments that went unexpressed in the North Carolina amendment vote.

Comments [1]

Anonymous

Isn't it interesting that gay marriage pits one version of conservative against another? - the business model on one hand that wants people to be just free enough socially so they can live comfortably in the region where they are needed to work, and on the other hand the social conservatives who want no government regulation, no government services, in fact no government at all, except to monitor everyone's bedroom, which then keeps so many needed workers away that the businesses these ignorants work for go under, putting these ignorant fascistic morons on the unemployment line and food stamps line... oh wait, food stamps are no more because the gov't was shrunk by their own hand.

Jun. 08 2012 08:53 AM

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