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Same-Sex Weddings Will Boost State’s Economy-Says Think Tank

Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire Signs Marriage Equality Legislation Into Law
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According to a California-based think-tank,  same-sex marriage will add millions to the Washington state economy.

The Williams Institute at UCLA says a study shows over the next three years, an estimated $166 million dollars will be added to the state economy because of same-sex weddings and all the spending that go with them.

The Institute reports spending on weddings by gay couples in Washington will be an estimated $89 million dollars over the next year, and they say that does not include out-of-state couples who may come to the state to marry, because of it’s recent passage of R-74.    Two other states who approved similar measures are expected, says The Institute, to also see significant economic gains.

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