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.