A new study finds letting same-sex couples get married in Georgia would pump $78.8 million dollars into the state's economy.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recent data available, 21,318 same-sex couples live in Georgia.
Of those couples, researchers at the Williams Institute
estimated that 50% (10,659 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Over 6,822 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring up to $50.4 million in revenue to the state of Georgia that year.
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The study also found this economic boost would add $5.5 million in sales tax revenue to state and local coffers. it also determined spending related to same-sex couples' wedding ceremonies and celebrations could generate up to 988 full- and part-time jobs in the state.
'This study confirms that all Georgians benefit from marriage for same-sex couples, not just the LGBT community,' said lead researcher Lee Badgett.
Analyses are informed by the methodology that the Williams Institute has used in previous studies of the economic impact of marriage in a number of other states.
State-level data, 2010 Census data, and American Community Survey data were all used to estimate the economic impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Georgia.
Estimates do not take into account the impact of same-sex couples from other states who will travel to Georgia to marry.