Gay marriage would boost Missouri’s economy, study predicts

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If same-sex marriage became legal in Missouri, weddings would create 312 to 936 jobs in the tourism and recreation sectors and the state’s economy would gain up to $36 million over the next three years, a study by scholars at the UCLA School of Law concluded. Of the 10,557 same-sex couples living in Missouri, about 5,279 would get married, the analysis predicts, based on patterns from Massachusetts and other states.

The city of St. Louis issued same-sex marriage licenses this summer before stopping when Attorney General Chris Koster sued the city. Missouri’s Constitution bans same-sex marriage.

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