Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Texas
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state economy. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recent data available, 46,401 same-sex couples live in Texas. Of those couples, the Institute estimates that 50 percent (23,200 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Over 14,848 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring up to $116 million in revenue to the state of Texas that year.