The Impact on Maryland’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry
By M.V. Lee Badgett, Amanda Baumle, Shawn Kravich, Adam P. Romero, Brad Sears
This analysis estimates the potential impact of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples on Maryland’s state budget. Drawing on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Maryland statistical reports, we estimate that extending marriage rights to same-sex couples would result in a net gain of approximately $3.2 million each year. This net gain is attributable to savings in expenditures on means tested public benefit programs and an increase in sales and lodging tax revenue from weddings and wedding-related tourism.