Same-Sex Marriages Could Have $39 Million Economic Impact

A UCLA study indicates same-sex marriages would bring in millions of dollars because of wedding expenses.

two men getting married

Photo: Erin M (Flickr)

Two men stand outside city hall in New York City after getting married.

Allowing same-sex couples to marry could provide a $39 million boost to Indiana’s economy over the next three years, according to a recent report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

The study indicates that if same-sex marriage was legalized millions of dollars would be spent on wedding expenses, guest travel and tourism, and sales taxes.

Ball State University economics professor Michael Hicks says even though the study finds some 550 new jobs could be created as a result of the new industry, the conclusions are a conservative estimate.

“Like other studies that economists do, it’s a very narrow estimate of what would happen if marriage is extended to same sex couples, how many people get married, what sort of economic activity would that expenditure generate,” Hicks says.

A judge is expected to rule soon on a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a more narrow ruling, he ordered Indiana to recognize the out-of-state marriage of one couple because one of the women is terminally ill with ovarian cancer.

The UCLA study used self-reported census data from some 5,500 same-sex couples in Indiana living in a marriage-like arrangement to estimate the potential economic gains.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook