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The Impact of Extending Marriage to Same-Sex Couples on the California Budget

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Publication Date: June 2008

Author(s): M.V. Lee Badgett; Brad Sears

Topic: Government (State or regional government)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: gay; marriage; same-sex marriage; budget

Type: Report

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This analysis estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on California's state budget. Using the best data available, we estimate that over the next three years, the direct spending from same-sex couples on weddings and tourism will boost the state economy by over $683.6 million. This spending will create and sustain over 2,178 new jobs in California and generate $63.8 million for State and local government revenues.