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A recent study conducted by the Williams Institute puts yet another nail in the coffin in the fight against same-sex marriage. Even with the generous figure of only half of same-sex couples choosing to get married within 3 years should it get legalized, this study finds massive economic benefits at the state and local level. Through economic activity generated by wedding planning, increased tax revenue, and consumer goods purchased by out-of-state guests, the Williams Institute finds:

The total spending on wedding arrangements and tourism by resident same-sex couples and their guests would add an estimated $78.8 million to the state and local economy of Georgia over the course of three years, with a $50.4 million boost in the first year alone.
This economic boost would add $5.5 million in sales tax revenue to state and local coffers.
Additionally, with economic activity comes jobs and the study further estimates:
Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations would create 329 to 988 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state.
More notably, these numbers are even underestimated figures, because they don't take into account same-sex couples traveling into Georgia to get married.

I'd love to see conservatives choose between the economy that they love so much and the morality that they hold so dear to justify opposing same-sex marriage and the like. I'd honestly be insulted if it took something like money to convince people to support a right that has no place being denied in the first place.

Originally posted to Scientistocrat on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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