REPORT: Illinois’s Economy Would Benefit From Marriage Equality

A new report from the Williams Institute shows that legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois could bring as much as $103 million in new spending to the state’s economy within the first three years, including $66 million in just the first year. This estimate is based on how many same-sex couples will marry and the tourism from their visiting friends and family. It does not include out-of-state couples who may also come to the state to wed. State and local coffers could expect to bring in an additional $8.5 million in tax revenue over the first three years.