Allowing same-sex couples to marry would boost Oregon’s economy by $47.3 million over the first three years and generate 468 new jobs in the state, according to an independent research report conducted by UCLA’s Williams Institute.
The study released today uses data from sources such as the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. It estimates that 5,887 Oregton gay and lesbian couples will marry in the first three years of marriage becoming legal and that couples will on average spend $6,399 on their weddings.
Next week, a federal judge in Eugene will hear final arguments in a legal case challenging the constitutionality of Oregon’s law that excludes gay and lesbian couples from marriage. Since the Supreme Court struck down part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act last year, 11 of 11 federal judges have ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and 61 federal cases are pending around the country.
The researchers who conducted the study are independent of the marriage campaign.