“The structure has first class facilities, the artwork was also selected and more importantly there is the commitment to take care and look after each resident.”

A wedding is a beautiful ceremony that should be enjoyed no matter what your sexuality. It’s a great celebration to get together with your loved ones to witness two people finally tie the knot. Unfortunately, there are only 28 countries that have legalized same-sex marriage, and 72 countries who have yet to legalize this union.

More Marriage, More Money

The union between same-sex couple means that they will have the rights to marry, divorce, and adopt children. But did you know that this union not only benefits same-sex couples but also generate revenue for the economy?

Same-sex couples can spend nearly a million dollars on preparing for this once in a lifetime celebration, which brings in revenue for the economy. In the United States, it is estimated that same-sex couples spend an estimated amount of $1.5 billion dollars on their weddings.

One of the countries that shows the benefits of same-sex unions to their economy is Australia. Same-sex marriages help many of their industries flourish, such as retail trade, hospitality, arts and recreation, professional services (pre-nuptial agreements and divorce).

Same-sex unions can also help employees become more productive at work. Many Lesbian, gay, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) are not comfortable coming out because they feel like they may not be treated equally as their fellow employees.

If given a safe and comfortable home and work environment, being open and comfortable with oneself will mean less stress, and their mental and physical health will improve. A better physical and mental health will mean they can contribute more to society as a whole

Experts see marriage equality as a mental health case as well, urging public policy to prevent discrimination against the LGBTQ+ that leads to depressive and even suicidal episodes.

From 2013 to 2016, 123,000 couples have married in the U.S. They’ve spent an estimated amount of $1.58 billion, and have generated an estimated amount of $102 million in state and local sales tax revenue.

These marriages can provide more jobs because of all the things needed for a wedding. An estimated $83,643 is spent supporting one full- or part-time job for a year, with this nearly 18,900 jobs can be supported for a year with more marriages.

Ever since the Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage, countries around the world started to follow. Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions.

Throughout the years that it has become legal, there is an increased rate of same-sex marriages, and contributing altogether a growth in the economy. There is also an article about the negative externalities of same-sex marriages, where there seems to be no detrimental effect to the economy.  

Research and numbers have shown of more benefits to allowing same-sex unions,not only to the economy but to people and the overall progressive growth of a country. Should more create opportunity and rights to get married, then the economic and social benefits of same-sex marriage can extends to a larger group of individuals.

More acceptance, less discrimiation

Same-sex unions benefit the economy as they generate money. But they can also benefit society.

Legalizing same-sex marriage can reduce homophobia and violence as it will become normal to everyone. More people will be free and comfortable to walk around and feel safe. This will help in creating a stable society.

A society that is open to change and welcomes people of all backgrounds no matter their race, gender identity or expression, sexuality, religion, or economic status can help the socioeconomic growth of a nation. They can bring ideas, new customs, help solve problems and work together in reaching common goals.

According to Huffpost, the LGBTQ+ community contributes to society culturally, socially, financially, politically, vocationally, and spirituality. Legalizing same-sex marriage will let everyone know that they are of equal status and that the country is supporting cultural diversity.

The LGBTQ+ community can be affected psychologically when they feel like they are not accepted by the society. There are more same-sex couples who have higher distress levels than hetoresosexuals. They have many disadvantages in terms of their psychological well-being.

Discrimination can cause some of them to have “psychological distress, social conflict and ill-health.” When people in the LGBTQ+ community feel this way it can cause self-harm and can consequently cause negative effects to the rest of society.

As Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan once said, “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

Equality simply means that no human being should be left out of the equation. Rights, responsibilities, societal and environmental benefits should be inclusive to further progress globally.

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