The Impact of Extending Marriage to Non-Resident Same-Sex Couples on the Massachusetts Budget

By M.V. Lee Badgett, Brad Sears
June 2008

This memo explores how the economic benefits of allowing same-sex couples to marry are limited by the current policy of forbidding out-of-state same-sex couples to marry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Using information from Massachusetts as well as data on tourist spending and wedding spending compiled from industry sources, we find that this policy reduces spending for Massachusetts. The analysis suggests that allowing non-resident same-sex couples to marry by August 1, 2008, would boost the Massachusetts economy by a total of $111 million over a three year period, or $37 million each year; increase Massachusetts state and local revenues by over $5.1 million over a three year period, or $1.75 million per year; and create and sustain approximately 330 new jobs in the state for the next three years.

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