Same-sex marriage could provide economic boost for St. Louis, KC

Judges in both St. Louis and Kansas City ruled last week that Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Not long after, the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Now, wedding vendors have an unprecedented opportunity to furnish cakes, food, decor and more for same-sex wedding ceremonies in the state. And both St. Louis and Kansas City could see a spike in tourism as couples descend on the cities to obtain marriage licenses, according to A.J. Bockelman, the executive director for LGBT advocacy group PROMO.

According to a study from Williams Institute, more than 5,000 same-sex couples are likely to get married in Missouri in next three years. That could generate $27 million growth in wedding spending, including an additional $8 million from out-of-state guests.

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