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Marriage available to nearly 48,500 same-sex couples in Florida starting today

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Williams Institute scholars available to comment and provide legal and demographic analysis
From the Williams Institute:

LOS ANGELES — A federal court ruling striking down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage went into effect today, January 6, 2015, opening marriage to same-sex couples in the state.  Williams Institute scholars, who have filed amici briefs in the cases seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in Florida, are available to comment and provide legal and demographic analysis on same-sex couples, their children, and LGBT people in Florida.

In Florida, there are nearly 48,500 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 16% are raising nearly 13,550 children in their homes.  Among couples with children in Florida, same-sex couples are approximately 1.5 times more likely than their different-sex married counterparts to be raising an adopted child, and same-sex couples are approximately 6 times more likely than their different-sex married counterparts to be fostering a child.

Williams Institute research also suggests that 24,248 of these couples will marry in the first 3 years, generating $182.2 million to the state and local economy of Florida and an additional $12.1 million in sales tax revenue.  Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations is expected to create 875 to 2,626 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state.  A full version of the state report is available here.

Key nationwide statistics include:

  • More than three-quarters (75.8%) of same-sex couples across the country are living in 36 states (including Florida) where they can marry and more than seven-in-ten Americans are living in states that allow marriage for same-sex couples.
  • Williams Institute research suggests that there were 690,000 same-sex couples in the US in 2013 raising an estimated 200,000 children.  As many as 30,000 of those children are being raised by married parents.
  • Recent Williams Institute analyses suggest that the number of married same-sex couples, estimated to be as high as 130,000 in 2013, has increased by more than 50% over the last 3 years.
Williams Institute scholars have filed amicus briefs in, and served as expert witnesses in, many cases concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples, and numerous courts have relied explicitly on William Institute research in striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples.

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