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USA, Oregon: UCLA Says Marriage Equality Would Add $47.3 Million to State Economy

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageAllowing 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.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Oregon.

Minnesota, USA: Marriage Equality Could Bring $42 Million to State

Monday, April 15th, 2013

MinnesotaA new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA suggests marriage equality could bring big dividends to the state. TwinCities.com reports:

Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota would add $42 million to the state’s economy and $3 million in tax revenue in the first three years, according to an analysis from UCLA law school… In Minnesota, analysts figured, about 5,000 gay couples would choose to marry in the three years following legalization of same-sex marriage. A bill to make gay marriage legal is expected to be come to a vote later this session in both the state House and Senate. Roughly $28 million would be spent on those weddings, the analysts figured, plus about $14 million in tourism-related spending by out-of-town guests. That activity would yield roughly $3 million in tax revenue for state and local governments, the report said.

So in case doing the right thing isn’t a good enough reason, let’s sweeten the pot a little.

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USA: New Chart Shows Shift in Marriage Equality Support Since 2004

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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A new chart released by the Williams Institute at UCLA shows the huge increase in marriage equality support state-by-state between 2004 and 2012. The Dallas Voice reports:

The study found that the country’s overall support for marriage quality had an average increase of 13.6 percent, with more than 50 percent of citizens in 12 states and the District of Columbia supporting it. Based on the current trend, the study estimates that 20 states and the District of Columbia will support same-sex marriage at or more than 50 percent by the end of 2014.

This is the same study that we reported on last week, but this new chart makes it easier to see the shifts by state, and where each state falls overall.

USA: A Map to Go With that New Marriage Equality Poll

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Remember that new state-by-state marriage equality poll we told you about yesterday from UCLA? Queerty has a map to go with it, showing each state’s numbers:

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Despite increased support for same-sex marriage across the country, research revealed a 31% disparity between the lowest level of support found in a state (Louisiana/Arkansas, 31%) and the highest (Washington, D.C., 62%).

The worst states are pretty consistenly across the south, with the exception of Utah (which is Mormon ground zero). And one of the states with one of the highest levels of support, Oregon, still doesn’t have marriage equality. Though that may change soon.

It’s also interesting that California’s pegged at just 50%, when a recent poll put support there showed support at 67%.

Still, it’s encouraging.

New Study: Domestic Partner Benefits Have No Economic Downside

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

UCLAA new study from the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute has “found that local ordinances that require city and county contractors to offer domestic partner benefits, such as health insurance coverage, have no adverse economic impact and offer some benefits.”

According to Brad Sears, Williams Institute Executive Director, stated that “This study shows that local governments can play an important role in making sure that employees with same-sex partners have access to the same benefits enjoyed by all employees.”

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