Estimating the Economic Impact of Marriage for Same-sex Couples after Obergefell
By Christy Mallory
An estimated 96,000 same-sex couples in the U.S. married in the four months following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision extending marriage to same-sex couples nationwide. Wedding spending by these couples and their out-of-state guests have boosted state and local economies by an estimated $813 million, and have generated an estimated $52 million in state and local sales tax revenue. This spending could support an estimated 9,700 jobs for one full year.