Forget about doing the right thing: a study released on Wednesday indicates that by legalizing same-sex marriage, the state of Illinois would generate up to $103 million in the local economy.
Produced by UCLA’s Williams Institute, the report adds up several sectors that would benefit from allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot:
* Illinois’ wedding industry would see an increase of about $74 million
* The influx of out-of-town guests would mean an additional $29 million
* State and local tax revenue would rise by $8.5 million.
* Roughly 280 new jobs would be created by the uptick in weddings
New York has seen some $275 million pour into the state economy after marriage equality passed in 2011—even Iowa gets an annual $12 million boost from same-sex nuptials.
C’mon Illinois legislators—make it rain!