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posted Friday, August 29 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 35
Marriage bonanza for many states, Williams Institute predicts
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Marriage bonanza for many states, Williams Institute predicts

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Legal same-sex marriage could generate an economic bonanza for state economies, according to new studies released by the Williams Institute.

The institute, attached to UCLA Law School, has been studying the economic effects of marriage equality for several years, and has released 12 state-by-state analyses this year.

Nearly 89,701 same-sex couples would likely marry in the first three years after marriage is legalized, the institute said, injecting more than $464 million into state economies in the first year alone, and $723.5 million over the first three-year period.

Florida and Texas stand to gain the most from legalizing same-sex marriage, Williams Institute estimated.

In Florida, one-half of the state's 48,496 same-sex couples would likely marry in the first three years after that was legally possible, generating an estimated $182.2 million in additional spending in the state economy. The estimate includes only short-term economic benefit from in-state couples getting married, and not income that might be derived if Florida were seen as a marriage venue for couples from other parts of the country.

In Texas, the institute estimates that 23,200 couples might marry in the first three years of legal same-sex marriage, with an economic benefit to the state of $181.6 million. In addition, there would be $14.8 million in state revenue generated from sales and excise taxes.

To generate their numbers Williams Institute researchers used Massachusetts as a baseline. There about one-half of same-sex couples identified in census data got married in the first three years after same-sex marriage was legalized. They also used data from Massachusetts to estimate the number of out-of-state guests who might attend a wedding.

The estimated cost of food and lodging for guests is based on federal government allowances for their employees, which are adjusted by state to account for local price differences.

The number of same-sex couples in each state is derived from 2010 U.S. Census data.

To calculate wedding expenses, the institute relies on state-by-state estimates from a market research company, The Wedding Report.

Those numbers were then adjusted downward to account for unique problems faced by same-sex couples. Social bias against same-sex marriage may mean that same-sex couples fail to get the same level of family financial support for their weddings as opposite-sex couples do. Same-sex couples, therefore, may simply reallocate money that they would have spent in the state anyway toward their weddings.

While Williams Institute ultimately estimated that spending for same-sex weddings would only amount to 25% of what is spent by opposite-sex couples, their research still predicted huge economic benefits for state economies.

Besides Florida and Texas, Williams Institute released the following studies:

o Pennsylvania: $92.1 million in economic benefit from spending and $5.8 million in state revenue.

o Ohio: $70.8 million in economic benefit plus $5 million in new state revenue.

o Arizona: $61.9 million in economic benefit and $5.1 million in revenue.

o Virginia: Between $46 million and $60 million in economic benefit, and between $2.5 million and $3.2 million in state revenue.

o Michigan: $53.2 million in economic benefit and $3.2 million in new revenue.

o Nevada: Between $23 million and $52 million in economic benefit, and between $1.8 million and $4.2 million in state revenue. Again, these numbers reflect only short-term benefits from in-state couples, and not benefits that could be derived if Las Vegas were seen as a marriage venue for couples from other states.

o Oregon: $47.3 million in economic benefits. This study did not include an estimate of tax revenue that might be collected by the state.

o Indiana: $39.1 million in economic benefit, plus $2.7 million in state revenue.

o Tennessee: $36.7 million in economic benefit, and $23.5 million in revenue.

o Utah: $15.5 million in economic benefit, and $1 million in revenue for the state.

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