Same-sex marriage ruling and your business
It's been the news of the week, and it will affect your business.
I’m talking about U.S. Middle District Court Judge John E. Jones III’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. In case you missed it, Gov. Tom Corbett said he will not appeal Jones’ ruling to a higher court.
Politics and religious views aside, what does this mean for your business?
Well, that depends on your business. If you’re a wedding planner, it most likely means you’re going to see an increase in business. If you’re an estate planner, it means you’ll be able to offer a whole new set of guidance to same-sex couples.
For most businesses, it means that, if you offer health insurance to employees and their spouses, you now offer benefits to same-sex spouses. It means you might see people changing the beneficiaries on life insurance policies to their same-sex spouses.
And it will mean many more changes than those.
During the next several weeks, stay tuned for updates in the online and print editions of the Business Journal. Here’s this week’s story by staff reporter John Hilton (which, you might enjoy knowing, I had to rewrite on Tuesday, our production day, at the last minute because John was off and the story had been written to assume a ruling would not be forthcoming so quickly). And in the June 20 issue, staff reporter Michael Sadowski will be looking at the estate tax changes.
What changes have you seen so far? What changes are you expecting — or hadn’t you considered?
The week ahead
In the May 30 issue, Michael Sadowski will take a look at Myerstown, Lebanon County, which has had a renaissance of sorts in its downtown. And Jason Scott will give you the lowdown on what to expect as lawmakers return for budget season.
(If you haven’t renewed your subscription, take a few minutes on this relaxing weekend and take care of that here.)
Though it’s a short week (thank you, Memorial Day holiday!), you can still work in some networking opportunities. Find them here.
With the warming weather, we’ve had several agribusiness stories in the past few weeks.
This week, Joe Deinlein looked at a spelt farm in upper Dauphin County; last week, Joe wrote about the growing hard-cider production in Adams County; and John Hilton looked at the growing trend of Certified Naturally Grown food producers and the cluster of them in the midstate. Each is a look at the business side of farming, which many people don’t often view as business (despite its impact on Pennsylvania’s economy).
Note: Editor Hope Stephan will return to writing the Fast Forward blog next week.