Anticipation over possible legal marriage for gay couples in all 50 states mounts with every Supreme Court decision day that passes. With the final word days away, Georgia stands ready to rake in the love — and the cash.
Gay think-tankers at UCLA’s Williams Institute are excited, too. So much so, during the wait they’re compiling results of past studies and exalting in what a ruling in favor of marriage for gay couples will mean for the country and each of the remaining 13 states that deny marriage between same-sex couples.
Together, the 13 states are home to more than 150,000 same-sex couples and would most likely see an estimated 70,034 same-sex weddings in the first three years that it’s legal. Those marriages would bring an estimated $545.8 million economic impact, including $47.7 million in tax revenue.
In Georgia, there are an estimated 21,318 same-sex couples. Marriages between 10,659 of them expected in the first three years would create about $78.8 million economic boost, $5.5 million in tax revenue, and 329 - 988 jobs, according to the Williams Institute.
Even though you may have heard it before, the scope of the numbers really sinks in better when gay marriage reality is an eminent possibility. Maybe the economic boost will dull the pain for haters like this. Probably not. Oh well.
Here are the full stats from the Williams Institute for 13 states that still ban marriage for gay couples: