SUPPORTING FAMILIES, SAVING FUNDS: AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF EQUALITY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES IN NEW JERSEY

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M. V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D. R. Bradley Sears, J.D. Deborah Ho, J.D.

Perhaps no issue is more closely associated with religious, moral, and emotional concerns than extending marriage to same-sex couples. As the discussion has broadened and deepened over the last fifteen years, though, the public debate has evolved to include considerations of the social and economic consequences of marriage equality. Economic consequences, in particular, have assumed an increasing role in the debate about marriage. Policymakers have wondered and worried about the impact of same-sex marriage on economic development and on state budgets. View More