It's been two days since the Supreme Court's ruling stating gay marriage is legal under Iowa's constitution. Now some people are looking at what this could mean for the state's economy. Iowa's law does not have a residency restriction, meaning same-sex couples from anywhere in the country can come to our state and get married.
Last month, a study by the Williams Institute found extending marriage to same sex couples in Vermont would boost its economy by over $30 million in three years. It would also increase state and local government tax and fee revenues by more than $3 million and create 700 new jobs.
For the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, any increase in visitors to the state and city of Des Moines is positive.
"We don't care the race, creed, religion, whatever it is. A visitor is a visitor and they all spend money," said Greg Edwards of the CVB.
Same sex couples can't get married just yet. The Supreme Court ruling does not go into effect for another nineteen days. That gives the Polk County attorney's office time to appeal. If it does not appeal the Supreme Court's decision, the court will make the decision final.