I have long suspected that much of the endorsement for same-sex marriage comes from the high probability that many gay and lesbian couples have more discretionary spending due to the fact that they are usually less likely to have children to support.
My theory seems to be supported by this CTV article: "Tourism agency targets U.S. gays and lesbians". In fact I watched this report on Mike Duffy tonight, and was interested to hear that gay rights' activist groups have been pitching the value of recognizing "diversity" to banks and other large corporate groups.
According to according to a 2005 report by the Canadian Tourism Commission, "gay tourists spend $5,000 per week, compared to $1,500 for straight tourists."
"GLBT travellers are high-yield, with above-average disposable incomes and a high propensity to travel."
You can see some of the large corporations that value the gay and lesbian consumer here:
In fact Canada is on the cutting edge of this emerging market. (H/T to Daimnation!)
I guess my question is, are we still talking about "rights" here or a very lucrative industry?