Retailers Say Same Sex Marriage Makes Cents

    VANCOUVER, July 7 /CNW/ - As Vancouver marks its fifth year as a same sex
union province, local retailers say legalizing "I dos" among the gay
population is good for business.
    "Same sex couples are among our best customers," says Gino Giragosian,
owner of Absolute Star Design, a high-end jewelry store located in West
Vancouver. "They have definitely contributed to the economy of wedding-related
    Absolute Star Design saw a revenue increase of $100,000 last year, a
large part of which came from same sex couples. The store, which specializes
in one-of-a-kind custom designs and rare diamonds like the Eighty-eight cut,
appeals to the affluent gay population.
    "It's not the traditional wedding market," notes Bruce McDonald, director
of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. "Many gay and lesbian couples have
been together for 20-40 years. They're established. They'll fly all their
friends over for the wedding and pick up the bill."
    McDonald says 50 per cent of same sex marriages in Canada are couples
wedding from outside the country, contributing an estimated $1B to the
Canadian economy over the past three years.

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For further information: Gino Giragosian, Absolute Star Design,, (604) 925-5167

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