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posted Friday, November 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 46
96,000 same-sex couples married since Supreme Court decision
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96,000 same-sex couples married since Supreme Court decision

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide in June, the 96,000 same-sex couples who have tied the knot account for 11 percent of all summer weddings, according to an analysis released today by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director, and Taylor N.T. Brown, Policy Analyst, at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

In the first half of 2015, same-sex couples comprised just 6 percent of all marriages. From July to October, same-sex couples comprised 11 percent of all marriages.

The study, titled 'Marriage and Same-sex Couples after Obergefell,' analyzes new data from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey and the American Community Survey to show the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court marriage decisions in Windsor v. United States in June 2013 and Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015.

'The data makes it clear that the majority of same-sex couples in the United States will soon be married,' Gates said. 'That means more American children can benefit from the stability and economic security that marriage can provide. It also means that it will be easier for more families to adopt some of the country's most vulnerable children and provide stable and loving homes.'

Key findings from the report include:
o In the first half of 2015, same-sex couples comprised just 6 percent of all marriages. From July to October, same-sex couples comprised 11 percent of all marriages.

o In 2013, the year the Windsor ruling was issued, an estimated 230,000 same-sex couples were married, or 21 percent of all same-sex couples.

o By June 2015 just before Obergefell was decided, 390,000 same-sex couples were married, or 38 percent of all same-sex couples.

o As of October, 486,000 same-sex couples are married, or 45 percent of all same-sex couples.

'As Americans attend the weddings of their friends, family, and work colleagues, research shows that support for marriage equality will continue to grow,' Gates said.

In addition, marriages by same-sex couples have generated an estimated $813 million boost to state and local economies and $52 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision extending marriage equality nationwide in June, according to a new study by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel and Anna M. Curren Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Key findings from the report include:
o Total spending on those marriages generated an estimated $813 million, including $635 million on weddings and $178 million by out-of-state guests.

o This economic boost has added an estimated $52 million in sales tax revenue to state and local coffers.

o This spending could support an estimated 9,700 jobs for one full year.

This study, titled 'Estimating the Economic Impact of Marriage for Same-sex Couples after Obergefell,' estimates the impact of those marriages on state and local economies, sales tax revenue and job creation.

Both studies can be read, in full, at www.williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

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