Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Arizona
By E.G. Fitzgerald, Christy Mallory, M.V. Lee Badgett
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Arizona would generate an estimated $61.9 million in spending to the state and local economy of Arizona over the course of three years, with a $39.6 million boost in the first year alone. This economic boost would add $5.1 million in sales tax revenue to the state coffer and spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations could generate up to 517 full- and part-time jobs in the state. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, 15,817 same-sex couples live in Arizona. Of those couples, an estimated 50 percent (or 7,909 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Over 5,000 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring up to $39 million in revenue to the state of Arizona that year.