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Gay Marriage Could Bring Over $53 Million To Michigan, Study Finds

MichiganA new study out of UCLA Law School's Williams Institute indicates that Michigan could stand to generate over $53 million in revenue from same-sex marriage ceremonies over three years. The study also found that nearly 7,300 couples could be married in those three years alone.

The data is based on census and experiential statistics from states that have already legalized same-sex marriages, and though there is indication that same-sex couples filing jointly would reduce the state's income tax haul, the boon to business would more than make up for the loss. 

Edge Boston reports:

Researchers say the couples and their loved ones would spend about $34.1 million on wedding paramagnets and Michigan tourism in the first year alone. Another $19.2 million would be spent over the following two years. According to the study, that spending could support between 152 and 457 full-time and part-time jobs and generate about $3.2 million in sales tax and revenue for Michigan and the local government...

"What we've seen, over and over again, is that the tides are shifting on marriage equality," Gina Calcagno, coalition manager for Michigan for Marriage, told []. "Aside from the heartfelt belief this is the right thing to do, we're seeing this is the economically correct thing to do as well. $53.2 million coming into a state like Michigan is nothing to scoff at."

After a district court judge ruled Michigan's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in March, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals placed an indefinite stay on the decision. Only time will tell if the appeals court upholds the lower court ruling, though the track record for appeals thus far is a positive indicator. 

Fingers crossed for the thousands of same-sex couples and businesses who would benefit from marriage equality in Michigan.

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  1. What on earth is a "wedding paramagnet"? Was I supposed to have had one at my wedding?

    Posted by: AC | Aug 14, 2014 8:34:59 AM

  2. I dunno, most of us that were waiting stopped - and went to New York or elsewhere. It'd be nice not to fill out federal taxes one way and state taxes the other, though.

    Posted by: Tarc | Aug 14, 2014 7:13:46 PM

  3. I find it fundamentally disturbing that anyone would connect whether or not we should have to right to marry to how much money somebody else could make off of it.

    As for the accuracy of the estimated revenue to be made, I wouldn't give any credence to it. When my husband and I traveled from Ohio to New York state to get married, we didn't have a lavish wedding or spend much money, though we could probably have afforded to. Maybe it would have been different if our families had been with us, and would likely have spent more had we been able to have it in our home state.

    Posted by: Stan D | Aug 15, 2014 3:47:04 AM

  4. I think the catholics should sit down and shut their mouths, they already have issues with priests and altar boys they are always trying to keep secret, so keep your nose out of the gay people's lives, we don't care what you say

    Posted by: marie | Oct 30, 2014 2:09:03 PM

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