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Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin

  • Author(s): O’Neill, Justin
  • Mallory, Christy
  • Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • et al.

Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Wisconsin would generate an estimated $34.3 million in spending to the state economy. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recent data available, 9,179 same-sex couples live in Wisconsin. Of those couples, the Institute estimates that fifty percent (4,590 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. The marriages that would occur in the first year alone would bring over $21.9 million in revenue to the state of Wisconsin that year.

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