You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

The Scoop

  • Verbatim: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    On Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Hoosiers will have the opportunity to dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription drugs.  The Indiana Board of Pharmacy and the U.S.
  • 463 Vehicles Pass Through OVI Checkpoint
    The following statement was issued Saturday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol: Defiance –The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted an OVI Checkpoint Friday night from 9:30 P.M.
  • ZZ Top concert cancelled
    The following statement was issued Friday by Foellinger Theatre: Fort Wayne, IN:
Advertisement
Associated Press
Andria Stock and Chantel Jandak are married by Joey Cole in the rotunda of the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark. on Monday. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Stephen B. Thornton)

Study: Same-sex marriage would give Indiana $39 million boost

Statement verbatim, as issued Tuesday by the Freedom to Marry group:

INDIANAPOLIS – In a new study released today by the Williams Institute, the State of Indiana could see a significant economic boost if same-sex couples were allowed the freedom to marry. According to estimates, more than 5,500 couples would choose to marry in Indiana over the next three years, resulting in a potential increase of $39 million to Indiana’s economy.

“This is a very solid and conservative estimate of the travel and tourism impact of same sex marriages in Indiana,” said Dr. Michael Hicks, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and Professor of Economics at Ball State University, “However, it understates the broader benefits to less government intrusion into the private lives of Hoosiers. Moreover, given the growing prominence of Indianapolis as a strong Midwestern city, this likely boosts the prospects of increased relocation of corporate headquarters and higher paying technology sector jobs.”

“Of course, the right to marry whom you love is good for all business, especially in the event industry,” added Monica Richard, the State Coordinator of the Association of Bridal Consultants and owner of Mon Amie Events, Inc with over 15 years experience in the wedding industry, “Indiana loses revenue every time same-sex couples travel to states like Illinois that have already embraced the freedom to marry. As a Hoosier business owner, I think we need to live up to what we do best: making our state a welcoming place that is open for business and eager to create new jobs.”

“This study presents another compelling reason why it would be foolish to amend our constitution to prohibit same sex marriage, and also demonstrates how important it is that Indiana embrace an image of being welcoming to all,” said Minority Leader Senator Tim Lanane, (D) Anderson.

The report also shows an expected increase of $25 million in the first year alone with a prospective 564 new full and part-time jobs being generated in Indiana from increased business.

In light of this encouraging study, Chris Paulson of Indiana Equality Action released the following statement: “The state of Indiana cannot afford to miss opportunities to create jobs and increase our revenue. Opposition to marriage for gay and lesbian couples not only has a negative impact on the financial health of real families, it also hurts our entire state economy. We should be working to attract more people and business here, not discouraging it. We can take a huge step forward by welcoming same-sex couples and allowing them the freedom to marry.”

Send items for The Scoop to jgnews@jg.net.

Advertisement