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Same sex marriage could boost Vegas wedding biz

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

As the Supreme Court takes a look at the legality of same-sex marriage, a lot is riding on their decision in Las Vegas as legal gay marriages could mean an even bigger wedding business in the Valley.

Right now it's only a small percentage of the ceremonies performed at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on Las Vegas Boulevard near Charleston, but Brian Mills says when same-sex marriage becomes legal nationally it will mean a big boost in business.

"We are very excited about the prospect of same-sex marriage becoming legal here in Nevada," says Mills. "It's something that's been a long time coming and we as the only gay-owned and operated wedding chapel in Las Vegas have been at the forefront of welcoming same-sex couples to Nevada for a very long time."

Mills says a law change could take their business to a whole new level, and he's says, socially, it's about time. Viva Las Vegas says about 10 percent of its business is current same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Even if it becomes legal, Mills says not all chapels and ministers will perform the ceremonies for religious and/or personal reasons. But he says they are ready at Viva Las Vegas for the change.

Ernie Yuen, the President of the Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. gave this statement to FOX5:

"Marriage equality is critical to the State of Nevada as it is not right for the residents of Nevada to be faced with discrimination as well as the economic impact that allowing weddings would have on the state. Pride's mission is to bring awareness and to educate to our community. Achieving marriage equality will happen by educating the public about allowing individuals who love one another to have the same opportunity to develop a family and life with one another while being afforded the same protections and rights that opposite sex couples are afforded. Our National Anthem ends with the words "and justice for all." Isn't it time we live by the words that we pledge? In Pride!"

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