West Hollywood promotes city as the place for gay and lesbian weddings

With $683.8 million expected to be pumped into the California economy over the next three years due to the allowance of same-sex marriages, West...

With $683.8 million expected to be pumped into the California economy over the next three years due to the allowance of same-sex marriages, West Hollywood is working to attract gay and lesbian couples to the city to get married. Before June 17, the first day same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in California, West Hollywood didn't even issue marriage licenses, but the city worked with Los Angeles County to make it available to the public.

"We want to try to get the couples to come here because we're really ready to go," Councilman John Duran said, the Wall Street Journal reported. "We have restaurants where a gay couple holding hands is not shocking. This is a great place for them to come and feel safe."

The city implemented a national ad campaign and is updating the Web site GoGayWestHollywood.com with local vendors' wedding services. Other California cities looking to attract gay and lesbian couples include San Francisco and Palm Springs.

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