US: New study cites benefits of same-sex marriage for all of Michigan
Lifting the current stayed ruling on same-sex marriage in Michigan would generate an estimated $53.2 million (£32.06) in spending to the state’s economy, according to a new study.
It would also generate over 500 new jobs over three years.
Lee Badgett, author of the study released by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, said: “This study confirms that all Michiganders benefit from marriage for same-sex couples, not just the LGBT community.”
On 21 March, US District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan was unconstitutional. Shortly after, more than 300 couples were issued marriage licenses by county clerks.
According to researchers, extending marriage to same-sex couples would result in over 4,600 marriages in the first year alone, and bring up to $34 million (£20.88) in revenue to the state of Michigan that year.
The study also noted that the total spent on wedding arrangements and tourism by same-sex couples and their guests, would add an estimated $53.2 million (£32.06) to the state and local economy over the course of three years.
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