Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Kentucky

By Justin O’Neill, Christy Mallory, M.V. Lee Badgett
August 2014

KY-Census-MapExtending marriage to same-sex couples in Kentucky would generate an estimated $23.4 million in spending to the state economy. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recent data available, 7,195 same-sex couples live in Kentucky. Of those couples, the Institute estimates that fifty percent (3,598 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. The marriages that would occur in the first year alone would bring over $15.0 million in revenue to the state of Kentucky that year.

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