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Marriage Equality and the Creative Class

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Publication Date: May 2009

Author(s): Gary J Gates

Topic: Population and demographics (Migrants and migration)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: gay; marriage; creative class; mobility

Type: Brief

Coverage: Massachusetts

Abstract:

Data from the American Community Survey suggest that marriage equality has a small but positive impact on the number of individuals in same-sex couples who are attracted to a state. However, marriage equality appears to have a larger impact on the types of individuals in same-sex couples who are attracted to a state. This study shows that in Massachusetts marriage equality resulted in an increase of younger, female, and more highly educated and skilled individuals in same-sex couples moving to the state.