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WEST HOLLYWOOD Gay Marriages and Honeymoons are on the rise

After more than 20 years of fighting for legal rights to marry, same-sex couples can celebrate the California Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage recently enacted. Three West Hollywood hotels are targeting the gay population for weddings and overnight stays, with certainly more hotels planning their strategies to capture this lucrative market. Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood, Le Parc Suites Hotel, The Le Parc Suites Hotel, and The Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas


 The City of West Hollywood, which has historically been a leading advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights, has become a destination for LGBT couples to celebrate their weddings and honeymoons.  Actively marketed as a premier travel destination to LGBT visitors around the world, West Hollywood is home to Southern California’s largest gay and lesbian population (nearly seven times higher than the national average), the largest Gay Pride festival on the West Coast, and boasts Los Angeles’ most popular gay nightclubs and businesses on the picturesque Santa Monica Boulevard. The city offers 14 gay-welcoming hotels, unique dining, trendy spas, boutique shopping, renowned art galleries and a bustling and energetic atmosphere which causes the city’s population (approximately 36,000 in 1.9 square miles) to double on any given weekend. The promotes West Hollywood as a destination and community that is “Living Forward” in attitude, thought, and lifestyle.

Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law offers estimates that gay weddings could add $250 million to the State of California's economy in half a year alone. Financial impacts from the California Supreme Court’s ruling are expected to greatly and positively support the local economy in the City of West Hollywood due to couples arriving to get married and celebrate their honeymoons. Gay couples will find resources such as wedding planners and venues in West Hollywood, which is centrally located in Los Angeles. Temperate climate, a walkable environment, and thriving gay scene make this city a gem for those seeking a place to be at home on a visit. The LGBT lifestyle is not always readily received in cities and regions throughout the U.S., so West Hollywood wears its friendly approach like a badge of honor.

The City of West Hollywood in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder Clerk will begin to issue marriage licenses and perform civil ceremonies for same-sex couples on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. West Hollywood City Councilmembers and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick-off the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses at 9 a.m. at West Hollywood Park. Media parking will be available along San Vicente Boulevard.