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Same-sex Weddings Boost U.S. State Economies by $3.8 Billion Since Marriage Equality Ruling

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: 28th May 2020
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Summary: Same-sex wedding spending by 293,000 couples and their out-of-state guests has boosted U.S. state and local economies by an estimated $3.8 billion.


Main Document

More than half of all married same-sex couples in the United States married after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended marriage equality nationwide in June 2015.

Wedding spending by these 293,000 couples and their out-of-state guests has boosted state and local economies by an estimated $3.8 billion, according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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Same-sex wedding spending also generated an estimated $244 million in state and local sales tax revenue and supported an estimated 45,000 jobs for one full year.

"Marriage equality has changed the lives of same-sex couples and their families," said lead author Christy Mallory, the state and local policy director at the Williams Institute.

"It has also provided a sizeable benefit to business and state and local governments."

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https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/econ-impact-obergefell-5-years/

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• (APA): The Williams Institute. (2020, May 28). Same-sex Weddings Boost U.S. State Economies by $3.8 Billion Since Marriage Equality Ruling. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 24, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/same/marriage/904.php


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