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The Economic Value of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

  • Author(s): Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • et al.
Abstract

In the five states and the District of Columbia that allow same-sex couples to marry, tens of thousands same-sex couples have taken advantage of the opportunity. The demand for marriage shows same-sex couples find marriage to be a valuable status, and studies of same-sex couples suggest they are quite similar to different-sex couples in both the economic and social needs that lead them to marry.

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