Austin businesses see boost from same-sex marriages

Days after the Supreme Court ruling, Austin bakery taking orders for same-sex weddings

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just days after the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling, same-sex marriage is already having an impact on Austin business. Wedding planners, bakers and caterers say they are already hearing from the new group of clientele.

“On Friday, we heard the ruling at the same time on our way into work, and we’re just super excited for equality,” said Julia Schmitz, assistant wedding cake decorator at Sweet Treats Bakery. “Typically, we ask for the bride’s name, groom’s name. Now we’ll probably ask, ‘What’s your name? What’s your fiance’s name?'”

Sweet Treats Bakery says the calls are already coming, and they are happy to take them.

“For any couple, we’re not going to turn them away,” said Schmitz.

Deric Dartez and Jorge Santos are getting married Sunday. The couple says they are happy to have the wedding in Texas but says there is still some anxiety in the process.

“It does make it nerve-racking to think, ‘If we go to this bakery and ask: We want this cake, and it’s for same-sex marriage,’ what their reaction will be,” Santos wondered.

But so far, the experience has been sweet, and the two say they have been welcomed at businesses across town.

“The energy and vibe when I walked in.That’s what I told him, it was the energy I got from there. It was absolutely amazing, and that was the place for me,” said Dartez, after going to Sweet Treats Bakery. “Not just about equality; it’s pure love. That’s all it is; it’s love.”

On the other end of the spectrum, a family law attorney in Austin has also received calls since the ruling.

“I can tell you in this short time since the ruling, I have received inquiries from individuals that have been married in other states,” said attorney Samuel Solodar. “If you got married in California and you’re a same-sex couple, the answer is yes, you can now get divorced in Texas. The difficult question now is, will every county recognize it.”

Solodar says his firm will proudly work with same-sex couples working through family law issues.

“These couples — heterosexual and same-sex couples — have children, and now same-sex couples will be able to enter the court system. And they’ll be able to argue what’s in the best interest of their children.”

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