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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.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Minnesota.

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.