The Impact on Washington’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

By M.V. Lee Badgett, Brad Sears, Elizabeth Kukura, Holning Lau
June 2006

This analysis estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on Washington’s state budget.  Using the best data available, we estimate that approximately 7,950 couples will marry in the the first three years marriage between same-sex partners is available.  We project that these marriages will result in a net gain of approximately $3.9 million to $5.7 million each year for the State.  This net impact will result from savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefits programs and from an increase in sales tax revenue from weddings and wedding-related tourism.


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