Arizona Missing Out on $5 Million in Tax Revenue Due to Gay-Marriage Ban, Study Says

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Researchers at UCLA estimate that an additional $62 million in spending would take place in Arizona if the state allowed same-sex marriage.

Since same-sex couples have to go to another state if they want to get married (in a marriage that's not even recognized by this state), researchers with UCLA's Williams Institute estimate the state could raise more than $5 million in sales taxes in just three years.

See also:
-Gay Couples File Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

From the researchers:
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, the most recent data available, 15,817 same-sex couples live in Arizona. Of those couples, the Institute estimates that 50 percent (7,909 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Over 5,000 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring up to $39 million in revenue to the state of Arizona that year.
These estimates not only include wedding costs, but also spending by out-of-state guests attending the wedding.

The researchers also estimate that the expansion in marriage could lead to the generation of more than 500 full- and part-time jobs.

None of the estimates take into account the prospect of same-sex couples from other states holding their ceremonies in Arizona, if Arizona's ban were to be lifted. Similarly, there's no estimate for the number of same-sex couples from Arizona who've already gotten married in another state.

"This study confirms that all Arizonans benefit from marriage for same-sex couples, not just the LGBT community," Williams Institute scholar M.V. Lee Badgett says in a statement.

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James Hill
James Hill

why support this . I am not feeling the yayness for it.

Ruby Ball
Ruby Ball

Gay and lesbian couples can totally have kids of their own and it's completely ignorant for you to say otherwise. If you don't want to be in a gay marriage, don't. That's your religious freedom or whatever you want to call it. Using the government to deny rights that are distributed through marriage to citizens isn't only not right, it's unconstitutional. Marriage began as a religious ceremony and should have never become part of the government in the first place as it "establishes a religion" which violates the separation of church and state. Now that it is part of our government, it needs to be available to all citizens. And do you feel infertile women and men in straight relationships are incapable of "having kids of their own" even if they adopt? I guess they should call their marriage something different and get differing tax credits as well, huh? Since their kids will never really be "theirs." Separate but equal doesn't work. It never will. Learn from history and get on the right side of it.

DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa
DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa

If people that want to live the gay/lesbian life style and want to be "together" officially, they need to come up w/ another word for that because the word " Marraige " was designated for a man and a woman, in fact lesbians should come up with their own word and gay guys should come up with another, they can even have their own separate tax credits based on the lifestyle they live. Neither one can have kids on their own so AI would have to be something for the lesbian comunity and some type of caretaker for the guys lol...

Todd Nalley
Todd Nalley

Around here allowing plural marriage would be a bigger money maker, since we are talking revenue..

John Wiseman
John Wiseman

Energy independent. Thats a good one. Tehehehehe. Its about money and more control for the oil corporations. It has nothing to do with energy independence. All it does is make us continually dependant on their product.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The only reason this is an issue is money.  The US (and state) government needs to get out of the marriage business.  Not just the gay-marriage business - all marriage.

Unions between consenting adults should be a legal proposition.  If some people need additional affirmation, go find a church.  Some folks would accept it, some wouldn't.  Kind of like everything else.  Why does anyone want or care if the government approves?


Anyone who says but, but, but --- go to the initial premise.  The controversy is about money. 

Christine Tryon Rice
Christine Tryon Rice

Yeah and we are missing an opportunity to be energy independent by denying the Keystone Pipeline. It is all how you see it, pandering to one group instead of uniting the country and giving all people the right to enjoy economic opportunity.

Steve-o Martinez
Steve-o Martinez

Keep the five million. People are willing to give up what they believe in for a few bucks

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

They allow everything else...Nothing wrong with same sex marriage...Everyone deserves to be loved...

Andy Kramer
Andy Kramer

Is because we are a "retirement" state.

Mark Trollinger
Mark Trollinger

That's why I proposed years ago marriage should be reformed into a two year contact with an option to renew.

Alexis Martorello
Alexis Martorello

I don't get it... Arizona will allow first cousins to marry as long as they're over 65 OR if one can provide proof that they cannot reproduce, but we can't allow gay marriages????

Kat Leenerts
Kat Leenerts

Not only that but bringing people into the state that want to feel welcomed for who they are.

G Bø Tta
G Bø Tta

It's embarrassing how 'slow' AZ moves. Fortunately, it's progressing slowwwwwly but surely.

G Bø Tta
G Bø Tta

Says 'Marco Cruz' with 1 hot Mexican name.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Pffft. Thats 5 million thatll go straight towards illegals on welfare and their housing.

Tyson Troy Dalgai
Tyson Troy Dalgai

EXACTLY!!! Lets legalize gay marijuana & bring progress & revenue back to Arizona!

Temp-Rite Refrigeration
Temp-Rite Refrigeration

Weren't they our tax dollars to begin with? Maybe less taxes and regulations is a better option.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

I have always been an advocate of same-sex marriage. Why should they not suffer like the rest of us?      ;o)

Jim Naumann
Jim Naumann

Idiots !! The 5 million could go to the severally underfunded K-12 !! Thank you mr. tobin & republican legislature !!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Allowing for same-sex marriages is good business for Arizona and everywhere else. Bottom line. That said, I agree that anyone connected with Arizona Center For Policy should be strictly banned from private meetings with state government officials, regardless of where that meeting might take place. In the capital complex or at Starbucks, nonononono.

annarkey14
annarkey14

The CAP and the Ayatollah Cathi Herrod will now see the Hobby Lobby decision as a message from God so just wait until the next legislative session to see some really overt hate coming out of the legislature.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Who cares about money when you can keep shoving down those Christian hypocrite values down everyone's throat.

dlee23
dlee23

how many actual tax dollars a year does it cost to pay for housing and feeding illegal immigrants? and how do those figures compare to the cost of corporate welfare, which is often supported by the extreme right and often just translates to pure profit in grants\contracts, etc.?

from factcheck.org:

"A 2007 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office examined 29 reports on state and local costs published over 15 years in an attempt to answer this question. CBO concluded that most of the estimates determined that illegal immigrants impose a net cost to state and local governments but "that impact is most likely modest." 

"CIS: Our findings show that many of the preconceived notions about the fiscal impact of illegal households turn out to be inaccurate. In terms of welfare use, receipt of cash assistance programs tends to be very low, while Medicaid use, though significant, is still less than for other households.Only use of food assistance programs is significantly higher than that of the rest of the population. Also, contrary to the perceptions that illegal aliens don’t pay payroll taxes, we estimate that more than half of illegals work “on the books.”

is the percentage of taxes that fund these entitlements higher or lower today than, let's say, 30 years ago? what sources are you gleaning your news from... your comment suggests fox news but lets see if you can be any more short sighted than your comment suggests.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Absolutely.  Herrod has complete access to our law-makers and whispers her nasty agenda through the halls of our Capital.  She is a sanctimonious bitch that needs to stay out of my bedroom, out of my womb, out of my religious beliefs, out of my family values and out of my life.  Let her smother her own in her pious garbage and leave me and mine out of her fantasy.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@annarkey14 CAP claims to be a religious education organization when in fact they are political lobbyists. They should lose their tax exempt status.


Herrod should be banned from direct and private access to our law-makers.


If she wants to control state law and policy, she should get her name on the ballot and let us vote for her - or NOT.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz 

Yes, that's exactly how they feel.  But what we see as shoving their values down everyone's throat, they see as trying to save souls.

They don't mind losing money if it means that they're Doing God's Work.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Valley, it appears that the State might be violating the First Amendment's freedom of speech clause, the Separation of Church and State, and the Equal Protection Clause.

Homosexual couples should be able to enjoy the same privileges and freedoms heterosexual couples enjoy (hence the Equal Protection Clause violations)

The State cannot deny a privilege (such as driving) or a freedom (such as owning a business) merely because the person exercising the privilege or freedom is homosexual (this is the violation of the Freedom of Speech Clause)

The State appears to be imposing its own religious views (if a State is even entitled to hold such a view) in concert with the Church's view against homosexual couples.

(Separation of Church and State)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

Yes, I'm aware of all of that, and agree completely.

The fact that I'm explaining how Christians think doesn't mean that I think like them.

Their "Law" is more important than little things like the Constitution,.


wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@valleynative I must beg to differ. Christian and Right Extremists are not interchangeable terms. I am Christian, but I am a tolerant Christian. My son is an atheist and my daughter is a Universalist and I love and accept them both equally.  Right extremism has less to do with religion and more to do with power and control.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@wherewasi @valleynative 

I understand your point, and in the past have been careful to make that distinction myself, but very recently I've lost patience with religion in general and Christianity, specifically.

You enable a society in which superstitious nonsense holds more sway than scientific fact.

Society needs to break free of the beliefs of primitive desert people.

 

 

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@valleynative. I buried my mother a couple of weeks ago. She spent 84 years believing that when we leave this earth, there is something beyond and better.  I hope she was right. I have personally experienced things in my life that make me believe there is something - I'm not sure WHAT - but something after this.


That being said, I am not going to haul a Bible around with me and look for justification to judge others. I am a "live and let live" kind of person.  I acknowledge that I don't know what comes next and nobody died and made me the boss.  No one really knows until they're there.


I just try to live my life in a way that, when I'm gone, some people will miss me.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@wherewasi @valleynative 

That's all fine.  Be as spiritual as you like.

But consider not calling yourself a "Christian" though, because it makes these idiots believe you're behind them.

Very few of the people I know who call themselves Christians really believe that this one particular tribe in the Middle East happened to be the only people to get it right.

 


wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@valleynative  Hmmmm.  I will think about that.  It is why I say "I don't know what comes next. No one does until they're there." 


But there is something about singing "Amazing Grace" with tears streaming down your face as they close your mom's casket that makes you want to hold onto faith.


Faith and power are not the same thing, and I have experienced a few things in life where I can't explain what happened to carry me through. I would stand tall to the Cathi Herrods of the world and let them know they don't speak for me. To me, Faith is internal. She and her ilk (and others, I know) make it about what others do or don't do. Not my flavor.


I don't think I have ever commented on my religious beliefs out here before. Guess I'm missing my parents.  They were good people.  I wish there were more like them in the world, and fewer haters, clowns, racists and scammers, like we deal with here in AS.

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