Marriages by same-sex couples have generated an estimated $813 million boost to state and local economies and $52 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision extending marriage equality nationwide in June, according to a new study by a researcher at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.
“This study shows that businesses and governments have benefited from marriage for same-sex couples,” said Christy Mallory, senior counsel and Anna M. Curren Fellow at the Williams Institute and author of the report titled, “Estimating the Economic Impact of Marriage for Same-sex Couples after Obergefell.”
Since the court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, 96,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot.
Key findings from the report include:
• The $813 million figure includes approximately $635 million spent on weddings and $178 million spent by out-of-state guests.
• This spending could support an estimated 9,700 jobs for one full year.