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Same-sex marriage could provide business boost in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage could be good news for businesses that serve couples, from wedding planners to divorce attorneys.

Businesses that help plan and stage weddings say they expect a boost from gay and lesbian couples who can now marry legally in Nebraska, instead of traveling elsewhere.

Susan Madsen, general manager of the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, says she has fielded a handful of calls from couples interested in using the venue for wedding receptions. Madsen says the hotel is marketing itself in hopes of attracting more soon-to-wed couples.

A 2014 study by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute found that extending marriage rights to Nebraska same-sex couples could generate $8 million in economic activity over three years.

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