Local Stores Prepare for Prop 8 Ruling
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CREATED Jun. 24, 2013
America is waiting for the final word on same sex marriage from the nation's highest court.
The justices are expected to issue a ruling any day this week on Proposition 8: California's ban on same sex marriage.
Supporters here in the desert are planning a rally when the ruling comes down, and local businesses are gearing up for the possibility of a rush of wedding ceremonies.
Many hotels are booked, and some businesses are expanding in anticipation of a boom in new marriages.
Local store owners told us same sex marriage would be a financial shot in the arm for the desert,
Both Gregory Goodman and Alan Kelly have a love of flowers, and each other.
They married in 2008 in the the brief window that same-sex marriage was legal..
"So we're down there in Mexico in May and they decided to make it legal in the United States, in California. So we were like uh oh, we have to do a wedding here too," said Gregory, owner of My Little Flower Shop.
"Well when our families found out that we got married in Mexico, they all went you can't get married without us there," said Alan.
"When the Supreme Court rules, it means many more people could be walking down the aisle, My Little Flower Shop already has bookings for July and August.
"We are looking for probably a 50 percent jump in business, we are actually putting in a warehouse very soon just to get ready for it," said Gregory.
My Little flower shop is expanding to try to keep up with demand, and some hotels are booking up.
"We are sold out through the summer with a number of ceremonies, services and private events, which is sort of unusual that in July we'd be booked out all weekends," said Reggie Cameron, Director of Marketing for the Skylark Hotel.
A number of their wedding services will be poolside.
"Gay tourism is obviously a tremendous market for us here, we have one of the highest rates of LGBT tourism residents per capita in the country," said Reggie.
The Skylark Hotel is already taking bookings for same sex marriages into the fall months, while catering companies are preparing for a rush of weddings.
"One of the things that we did in anticipation of this is about a year ago we bought a domain, gay wedding Palm Springs dot com. We have actually hired staff, we anticipate that we're going to have increased levels of business," said Chad Gardner, owner of Dash & A Handful Catering.
Chad expects Palm Springs will get a big cut of the weddings, and the money they will bring.
"Palm Springs is known as a gay destination area, and it's also known as a wedding destination area, so I do a lot of traditional marriage weddings, I think that because it's a gay destination area, the boom for the economy is just going to be incredible," said Chad.
Same sex marriage supporters plan to rally here at the Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs at 6pm the day the ruling comes down.