Badgett: Marriage equality brings in the money

M.V. Lee Badgett
M.V. Lee Badgett

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration plans to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in court, without the state’s Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who opposes the ban on ethical grounds. Supporters of marriage equality find another compelling reason besides fairness to institute the policy: money. In New York City, the first year of same-sex marriages brought in $16 million for the City itself and another $259 million for hotels, wedding planners, vendors and other associated businesses. Texas, meanwhile, loses about $60 million per year in same-sex wedding related revenue. An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted economics professor and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, M.V. Lee Badgett on the issue. “‘It’s big,'” said Lee Badgett. ‘Many couples who want to get married, it’s a special day, so they spend lots of money. They invite friends and family, and they spend lots of money.'” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/16/13)


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