Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Indiana

By E.G. Fitzgerald, Christy Mallory, M.V. Lee Badgett                                                                          
May 2014

Same-sex couples per 1,000 households by census tract (adjusted)

Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Indiana would generate over $39 million in spending to the state economy. According to 2010 U.S. Census, 11,074 same-sex couples live in Indiana. Of those couples, an estimated 50 percent (or 5,537 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years. Over 3,000 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring up to $25 million in revenue to the state that year. The total spending on wedding arrangements and tourism by resident same-sex couples and their guests would add an estimated $39.1 million to the state and local economy of Indiana over the course of three years, with a $25 million boost in the first year alone. Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations would generate 564 full- and part-time jobs in the state.

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