Same-sex Marriages in Alabama Could (Slightly) Improve State’s Finances, Experts Say
By Brendan Kirby
February 6, 2015
If gays can marry in Alabama, it should help the state’s bottom line – if ever so slightly – according to experts who have studied the issue.
There appears to have been no research into the fiscal impact of gay marriage in Alabama, specifically. Officials at the Alabama Department of Revenue said only that they are watching the gay marriage fight in the courts.
“The department is monitoring the ongoing litigation and will respond accordingly to any final ruling which impacts Alabama’s tax system,” Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said in a prepared statement. “If such a ruling occurs, we are confident that the department will be able to adjust its policies and systems without any significant disruption or loss of revenue.”
Same-sex marriage in Alabama could become a reality on Monday if the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to extend the date set by a federal judge who declared the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
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