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The Impact on New Mexico's Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Coules to Marry

  • Author(s): Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • Sears, Brad
  • Homer, Steven K
  • Curtis, Patrice
  • Kukura, Elizabeth
  • et al.

This analysis by UCLA’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on New Mexico’s state budget. Using the best data available, we estimate that allowing same-sex couples to marry will result in a net gain of approximately $1.5 million to $2 million each year for the State. This net impact will be the result of savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs and an increase in sales and lodging tax revenue from weddings and wedding-related tourism.

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