Oregon’s Economy: $47 Million Boost with Marriage Equality

Oregon’s Economy: $47 Million Boost with Marriage Equality

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5136383424_189d3bf826Based on 2010 U.S. Census data, researches at the Williams Institute concluded that if Oregon were to pass a marriage equality bill, the economy would get a $47 million boost and over 450 new jobs would be generated in three years.

According to their data, 11,773 same-sex couples currently reside in Oregon. It’s been a pattern that 50 percent of same-sex couples tend to marry within the first three years of marriage equality being passed. In just the first year alone, it’s estimated 4,000 marriages would occur, bringing in over $30 million.

Within the first three years, it’s probable that spending from the couples would add $37.7 million directly to the state, $24.1 million in just the first year. Researchers also concluded that wedding-related tourism and spending would add 468 jobs in Oregon, not even taking into account those couples that would travel to Oregon from other states to get married.

Four gay and lesbian couples and the Basic Rights Education Fund have come before the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt for marriage equality, saying that Oregon’s current law violates the federal Defense of Marriage Act which protects the rights of same-sex couples.

A motion was filed Monday by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) saying that Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum rejected “perfectly plausible” reasons to defend the law. Right now, all parties involved in the case agree the federal law is being violated by Oregon’s constitutional prohibition.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said Oregon will have to wait on marriage equality until at least May 14. Oral arguments were listened to last week and another round of arguments will take place May 14 as well.

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