LANSING On Wednesday, the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute released a report detailing the economic impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Michigan.
Michigan for Marriage offered a statement on the groundbreaking new data.
The Williams Institute found that “the state would see an economic boost as same-sex couples plan their weddings and as their out-of-state guests purchase goods and services in the state.”
An estimated 7,299 same-sex couples would choose to marry in Michigan over the next three years. These marriages would generate:
- $53.2 million in additional income to the state and local economy over the next three years, with $34.1 million added in the first year alone.
- $3.2 million in additional state and local tax revenue.
- The creation of 152 to 447 jobs in the tourism and recreation sectors in the state.
“We know that promoting marriage equality is more than just the right thing to do for Michigan, it will bring real economic benefits to the state,” said Gina Calcagno, coalition manager for Michigan for Marriage. “Michigan business leaders from across the state are committed to marriage equality because they believe in creating an open, healthy and diverse workplace.”
There is a growing coalition of small business owners that have pledged their support for marriage equality. Interested business owners can find more information at www.michiganformarriage.org/business
“I work closely with couples as they prepare to share their lives together and look to capture those magic moments from every couple’s big day,” said Jena McShane, owner of McShane Photography in Lansing. “What defines a marriage is love and commitment, it’s just that simple.”