Marriage for Alabama Same-Sex Couples

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 - Updated: Tuesday 28th February 2017
Summary: Marriage to Become Available to Nearly 6,600 Same-Sex Couples in Alabama on Feb. 9, 2015.


A federal district court decision striking down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional is set to go into effect on February 9, 2015, now that the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a stay pending appeal.

In Alabama, there are nearly 6,600 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 2,700 children in their homes.

Williams Institute research also suggests that nearly 3,300 of these couples will marry in the first 3 years, generating $21.7 million to the state and local economy of Alabama and an additional $1.8 million in sales tax revenue.

Spending related to same-sex couples' wedding ceremonies and celebrations is expected to create 108 to 323 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state.

Key nationwide statistics include:

Williams Institute scholars have filed amicus briefs and served as expert witnesses in many cases concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples. Numerous courts have relied explicitly on Williams Institute research in striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples, including the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.


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