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According to the New York Times, “The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State has set off a race among resorts and hotels around the world to become the next honeymoon hot spot for gay and lesbian couples”. “Though New York is a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state’s size and New York City’s international stature and its role as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, which is considered to have started with the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in 1969″.
Gay Honey moon sites such as: Perfect Gay Honeymoons have been proliferating since the New York State legalization of “same-sex marriages. In the Caribbean, which is practically synonymous with honeymoons, there are still destinations that gay newlyweds avoid; one is Jamaica, where disapproval of homosexuals is an entrenched part of island life and where gay rights activists have even been murdered.
Jamaica-based, couples-only resort chain Sandals in October 2004 lifted its long time ban on same-sex couples. In 2005, Jamaican deputy education minister Donald Rhodd has raised controversy by calling for a review of Victorian-era laws criminalizing homosexuality, a legislative legacy the island shares with at least seven other neighbours once ruled by Great Britain, including Barbados, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Gay men and lesbians already spend about $70 billion a year on domestic leisure travel, according to data from Community Marketing Inc., a research firm specializing in the gay travel market. Will Caribbean islands that are not gay-friendly like Jamaica repeal it’s laws criminalizing homosexuality; in order to cash in on the Same Sex Honeymoon Trend? It is fact, that gay tourist on average spend more that traditional tourists and are considered to be brand loyal. Wedding Planners, Web Designers, and Travel Agents have been making voluminous efforts to cater to the gay community. The expansion of the legalization of same-sex marriages has set off some serious competition among those vying for the title of the “next honeymoon hotspot”.