Assessing the Economic Impact of Gay Marriage Bans

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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.