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Study: Same-sex marriage ban costing Vegas millions

Reported by: John Treanor
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Updated: 7/05/2014 1:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — Las Vegas is widely heralded as the wedding capital of the world, but local chapel owners say the state is losing millions of dollars because of Nevada's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage.

A recent study appears to support claims that legalizing gay weddings would create a huge economic boost for the city.

Brian Mills, the owner of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, has been looking at same-sex wedding business opportunities for years. Researchers from UCLA may have just proven him right.

In a study, the university found that as many as 3,500 same-sex couples could say “I do” in Las Vegas, bringing 450 jobs, more than $4 million in taxes, and as much as $52 million in revenue in the first three years following the potential lifting of the state's constitutional ban.

The study doesn't consider the industry of wedding tourism, which helps make Las Vegas the Marriage Capital of the World.

A federal appeals court says it will consider Nevada's gay marriage ban on Sept. 8.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has scheduled 20 minutes of oral arguments in the case of Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval. The court will also hear arguments that morning over similar cases in Idaho and Hawaii.

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