The Economic Impact of Marriage Equality Five Years after Obergefell v. Hodges

The number of married same-sex couples has more than doubled since the Obergefell decision.


In June of 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution guarantees all same-sex couples the right to marry, extending marriage to same-sex couples throughout the U.S. A recent study by the Williams Institute estimates that 293,000 same-sex couples have married since then, and their weddings generated an economic boost for state and local economies nationwide.

Wedding spending by these couples and their out-of-state guests has boosted state and local economies by an estimated $3.8 billion and generated an estimated $244.1 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the Obergefell decision. This spending supported an estimated 45,000 jobs for one full year.

An estimated 513,000 same-sex couples nationwide are married as of March 2020. The Institute estimated the number of same-sex couples who were married each year from June 2015 through 2018 based on analysis of data from the 2015-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). 

Read the full report here.

From a Williams Center press release.



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