By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The legalization of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania (see related story) is a huge win not only for the LGBT community, but also for the wedding industry.

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Jaimi Gordon, with the Loew’s Hotel in Philadelphia, says she’s noticed an increase in wedding inquires since Wednesday, after a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.

“It’s great for business,” she says.  “It’s great for those of us who are in the hospitality industry, and it certainly is a reason (for us) to celebrate because it means more potential business for us, the opportunity to host more events.”

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And Gordon says that instead of booking their weddings a year in advance, many same-sex couples are looking to do short-turnaround weddings, booking the hotel’s available dates in 2014.

“As soon as the announcement came and the lines were forming at City Hall for the licenses, I think that the couples were immedietly looking to plan their weddings,” she says.

 

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