Businesses could benefit from same-sex marriages

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Couples and the community celebrated same-sex marriages Thursday.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Lafayette resident Brandy Divello. “I don’t think we should be able to tell people who they can and cannot love.”

“I think it’s great,” added Lafayette resident Angel Martinez. “There’s going to be new things to come.”

Wedding vendors like Something Blue Bakery owner Makenzie Kus said they’re expecting to see an increase in business.

“People tend to love weddings, so I think that it would just add to the wedding numbers,” said Kus.

The Trails Banquet Facilities event coordinator, Jessica Johnson, said the increase in marriages will help all local wedding-related businesses.

“The bigger the market, the better it is for everybody,” said Johnson. “If there’s more weddings than means more wedding cakes, more flowers, more photographers needed. It’s a big impact for our market for sure.”

However, it could have an impact on more than typical wedding vendors.

“Weddings are of all different looks, and so places that sell antiques and things like that can even benefit,” said Kus.

Kus and Johnson haven’t had any calls yet, but they said they are looking forward to helping any couple with their wedding plans.

“We book a little bit out, but obviously we can do cupcakes or something like that last minute,” said Kus.

“Hopefully the phone will start ringing more, and we’ll have them come in and we’ll be ready for them,” said Johnson.

While business owners prepare for new customers, people in Tippecanoe County are ready to see more of their friends and family tie the knot.

“I’m very proud,” said Divello. “I have a couple of friends who are going to get married and I’m happy for them too.”

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