For a while, the legalization of drugs was en vogue as the cure for state budget woes. The new cure-all? Gay marriage. An analysis by the New York City comptroller has found that the state economy stands to gain as much as $210 million in the next three years if same-sex marriage is legalized. The study took into account all the expenses typical of a marriage, including wedding parties and hotel rooms. Of course, there is a flip side, as the cost of benefits (such as heath insurance) extended to all the new married couples would cost businesses about $69 million. Currently, the fate of gay marriage in New York state is in question, as it appears that a bill making its way through the state legislature does not have enough support in the Senate.
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