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A Big YES!!!

I was interviewed by The Courier Mail with regards to the (then) impending decision on the Marriage Equality survey! Yay for Australia moving forward and allowing anyone in love to enjoy the same privileges as heterosexual couples.

 

Same-sex marriage business worth $650 million to Australian economy

A WIN for same-sex marriage would see more than $650 million injected into the economy and an extra 8000 jobs up for grabs.

Workplace diversity expert Conrad Liveris said Australia was missing out on millions of dollars with gay couples forced to go overseas to tie the knot.

“That money is going to places like New Zealand, so now we’ll be keeping it within Australia and that’s going to have a positive economic impact,” he said.

“It will be a boost for those existing industries that benefit from weddings and tourism, like your caterers, event planners and even your airlines and lawyers.”

Cake That! owner Sarah-Jane Wicks has her fingers crossed for a yes vote and said she’d be thrilled to supply wedding cakes to “anyone in love, it doesn't matter who they love”.

Brisbane pastry chef Sarah-Jane Wicks, of Cake That!, has been making wedding cakes for more than 20 years and said she regularly makes cakes for same-sex couples having commitment ceremonies.

“I’m absolutely happy to supply cakes for same-sex couples and I have done many times before,” she said.

“I really hope that it gets through just so gay couples can get the same recognition as heterosexual couples can and have all those same legal rights.

Scott D'Amico and Brad Harker celebrate after the same sex marriage vote result announcement in Queens Park, Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/David Clark

“I can’t understand when I hear stories about wedding vendors who reject these couples. These are people and they love each other – it’s not harming you.”

Nivelo Miller runs Equally Wed, an online directory of wedding vendors catering to LGBTI couples.

 
 
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