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Weddings of same-sex couples boosted U.S. economy by $813 million, Williams Institute study shows

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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.

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