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Local chapels hope LGBT can boost business

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 21:51:19-05

The new year issued in a milestone for Clark County with the 5000th marriage license given to a same sex couple.  Now, chapels are hoping to cash in on those numbers in 2016.  

Las Vegas may be the wedding capitol of the world, but in the past decade the city's wedding industry has dropped by 40%.  

Now, just months after the Supreme Court ruling, the local wedding industry is hoping LGBT couples can increase their business.  

"I think any love helps us out," says Heidi Walls, a minister with Vegas Weddings.  

She says she has seen in increase in business with same sex couples, but says the unions have been putting pressure on their employees.  

"The culinary and the Teamsters have put a letter out that if they weren't married by the end of the year they would lose their dependent benefits," says Walls.  

She hopes the momentum she's seen with same sex couples can continue through 2016.