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The Impact of Washington's Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

  • Author(s): Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • Sears, Brad
  • Kukura, Elizabeth
  • Lau, Holning S.
  • et al.

This analysis estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on Washington’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 $3.9 million to $5.7 million each year for the State. This net impact will result from savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefits programs and from an increase in sales tax revenue from weddings and wedding-related tourism.

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