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The Impact of Creating Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples on Delaware’s Budget

  • Author(s): Herman, Jody L.
  • Konnoth, Craig J.
  • Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • et al.
Abstract

This report analyzes the impact on Delaware’s state budget of introducing civil union rights for same-sex couples. It estimates that a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex partners will cost the State $1.18 million over the three years following the measure, or only $390,000 per year. The annual effect is a tiny fraction of the State of Delaware’s annual $3.3 billion budget over three years.

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