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Gay Marriage Could Boost Wedding Business in Md.

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TALBOT COUNTY, Md. - Maryland's same-sex marriage law could boost the wedding business in the state.

Maryland is the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The seven other states have reported a positive financial impact. According to the New York Post, money going into the city's marriage bureau jumped from $2.07 million from August through December 2010, to $2.26 million in the same period last year after same-sex marriages began in New York. 

Some local business owners in Talbot County said they would welcome more business with open arms.

"More business is always better," said Brian Schmidt, owner of Garden & Garnish Catering. "We've got four children so it certainly helps with supporting the family."

"I am optimistic that anything that increases the base of the market is going to be good for business everywhere," said David McCallum, owner of the Tilghman Island Inn. 

McCallum said that if the same-sex marriage law takes effect in January, he will be booking more events than he ever has before.

"We have done a number of gay and lesbian commitment services," he said.

Schmidt has been in the catering business for more than a decade. He thinks it will not only be good for him, but for the entire wedding industry.

"The more receptions you have to do, the more it spreads out and the better it is for everybody," Schmidt said.

While the issue of same-sex marriage remains to be a hot topic in Maryland, it's hard to argue about the positive economic impact it could have on the state. 

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland still have a chance to appeal the law.  They need to gather 56,000 signatures to put the law on the November ballot.

If the law survives referendum, same-sex couples would be able to wed beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

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