The cost of same-sex marriage bans

New data on the economic cost of same sex marriage bansBY CATHRYN WELLNER

Take Part sifted data from the Williams Institute, IRS, GAO, Census Bureau, the New York Times and Forbes. The resulting infographic, designed by Column Five makes me wonder why the Chamber of Commerce isn’t campaigning for same-sex marriage, along with half of their fellow Americans.

Take a look at some of the economic benefits:

  • The wedding industry would generate an additional $70 billion in revenue. That’s a lot of jobs.
  • State revenues would jump, as happened in Massachusetts ($111 million in first five years of legalized same-sex marriage) and Washington ($88 million in the first three years).


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