More than 500 wedding-related small businesses have been urged to make a submission to the Senate inquiry into same-sex marriage.

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) contacted businesses including celebrants, wedding planners and florists following research by US economist Professor Lee Badgett that showed businesses could benefit up to $160 million over three years if gay marriage was allowed in Australia.

“All businesses who supply the wedding industry have a lot to gain by supporting marriage equality,” AME spokesman Alex Greenwich said.

“Those businesses that contribute to achieving marriage equality will be the first to be rewarded when this reform happens.”

Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, the Hon Michael Kirby, and film director and screenwriter Stephan Elliot are some of the high-profile names who have already made submissions to the inquiry.

Submissions to the Senate inquiry close on April

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