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Five years of same-sex weddings has generated $3.8billion for the US

Five years of same-sex weddings has generated $3.8billion for the US

  • 293,000 couples have married since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal.
Same-sex brides getting married.

Around 293,000 couples have married since the US Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal.

Moreover, those weddings have generated $3.8billion for the US economy.

Those are two of the major findings from a study by the respected Williams Institute.

The end of this month – 26 June – will mark five years since the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v Hodges.

The ruling in June 2015 extended marriage equality to the whole of the US.

Some couples married before, under state laws and there are now 513,000 same-sex couples in the US.

However the Williams Institute estimates that over half the country’s married same-sex couples have wed since the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Indeed, some 96,000 couples wed in the first four months alone, generating a spend of $813million.

Moreover, researchers believe 22% of Americans in a same-sex marriage are raising children. That’s over 112,000 married same-sex families.

‘Sizeable benefit to business and state and local governments’

Meanwhile the new report shows that same-sex wedding spending alone has generated $244million in state and local sales tax revenue.

And the weddings have supported around 45,000 jobs for one full year.

The economic boost is despite the fact that same-sex couples typically spend slightly less than opposite-sex partners on their weddings.

A 2016 survey found that same-sex newlyweds spent $11,000 on weddings while opposite-sex people spent $15,000.

But in addition to the direct cost of the weddings, out-of-state guests at same-sex nuptials have also boosted the economy.

The researchers reckon that 4,688,000 out-of-state guests have attended weddings of same-sex couples since the Supreme Court decision. That’s an average of 16 out of state guests for each wedding.

Moreover, that is an economic boost of $543.8 million over that period.

The report’s lead author, Christy Mallory, state and local policy director at the Williams Institute, said: 

‘Marriage equality has changed the lives of same-sex couples and their families. It has also provided a sizeable benefit to business and state and local governments.’