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Nevada Issues 255 Gay Marriage Licenses In 1 Week

John Locher / AP
 

John Locher / AP

(AP) - About 255 same-sex couples sought marriage licenses in Nevada in the first week after the marriages were ruled legal.

They accounted for nearly 11 percent of the 2,344 couples who lined up at marriage license bureaus across the state in the seven days after courts put an end to the state's gay marriage ban. The figures were based on polling by The Associated Press of each county clerk.

Industry watchers say the impact to Nevada will take time.

A June study from the Williams Institute at UCLA said the state could expect to see anywhere from 980 to 2,285 Nevada same-sex couples marry in the first year it was legal. The study's authors said the weddings could bring $14.4 million to $33.5 million in spending in that time.