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Friday, April 3, 2009

Institute Analysis of Iowa Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

Today, the Supreme Court of Iowa extended marriage to same-sex couples living in the state. Williams Institute research finds that there are same-sex couples living in every county in Iowa and many are raising children. Furthermore, the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry would bring Iowa a substantial economic boost.

Key findings include:

• The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that there are 6,425 same-sex couples living in Iowa.
• Nearly a quarter of these couples (24.2%) are raising children - more than 3,000 children.
• Des Moines and Cedar Rapids have the largest number of same-sex couples among Iowa cities, 777 and 603 respectively.
• Same-sex couples marrying in Iowa would boost the state budget by $5.3 million per year over the next three years.
• Allowing same-sex couples to wed could result in approximately $160 million in new spending on weddings and tourism in Iowa.

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