UH Profs: Same-Sex Marriage Good For Hawaii

Message to Hawaii lawmakers: Legalize same-sex marriage or risk losing out on hundreds of millions of dollars.

"The benefits from pent-up demand for same-sex marriages are time dependent. If Hawaii waits to adopt same-sex marriage, it will not realize these gains. They will be lost forever, diverted to other states that recognize marriage equality," warns University of Hawaii economics professor Sumner La Croix in a report released Thursday.

The report, co-authored with Lauren Gabriel of the William S. Richardson School of Law, comes in the wake of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in June regarding the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

The rulings have encouraged marriage-equality advocates to step up efforts in states like Hawaii, which legalized civil unions in 2011. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriages.

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