Conservative Estimate: Gay Marriage Would Add $182 Million to Texas Economy

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The Williams Institute released a report that gay marriages in Texas would add $181.6 million dollars to the Texas economy.  Up to 1,500 jobs would be created.

So I guess that's what they mean by the gay agenda!

If marriage equality was legalized, 23,000 Texas couples would marry, and spend an average of more than $6,000 per wedding.

Meanwhile, recent polling has found record levels of support for marriage equality. 48% of Texans support marriage equality, which breaks down along traditional party lines: 72% of Democrats and 57% of independents support it, while only 28% of Republicans agree with it.

Read more about the study and what one State Senator has to say about it below the jump.The study is available HERE. From a press release sent by Equality Texas:

“Overall these numbers seem, if anything, conservative for the long run,” said Dr. Daniel S. Hamermesh, Professor in Economics, Royal Holloway University of London, and Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics, University of Texas at Austin. “Further, marriage for same-sex couples allows couples to be better off – creating what economists call a 'marital surplus' which provides an even greater economic benefit.”

The Williams Institute utilized state-level data, as well as the 2010 U.S. Census and the American Community Survey, to conservatively estimate the impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas.

“The Williams Institute report affirms that the freedom to marry is good for business in Texas,” said Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas. “Allowing gay couples to marry here would give an economic boost to caterers, florists, event venues, and others who make a living through wedding planning. Our economy is already one of the strongest in the country, and marriage for same-sex couples would only add to that prosperity, while doing the right thing morally and constitutionally.”

Senator Jose Rodriguez, who filed two bills last session to advance LGBT equality released the following statement:

“The results are clear: legalizing same-sex marriage would provide a substantial boost to our state's economy. As more and more states begin to realize that denying marriage to individuals based on sexual preference is not only morally wrong but also economically damaging, legalizing same-sex marriage becomes more and more clearly the right choice.”

To date, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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