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