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Gay marriage could boost government coffers

A new study estimates that allowing gay marriage in Rhode Island would be extremely beneficial to the state’s government. The Williams Institute at the University of California says the state could generate $1.2 million in new government revenue over the first three years if same-sex marriage is recognized. The revenue would come from additional tax dollars and same-sex weddings would generate more than $400,000 in new sales tax dollars. Rhode Island lawmakers approved civil unions after a bill to legalize gay marriage failed last year.

Debt hits marriage hard

The recession has dropped the chances for women getting married before the age of 25 to less than 50 percent, a recent government report says. The probability of a woman being married before 25 went from 59 percent in 1995 to 44 percent in 2012. The median age of the first marriage increased for both men and women in recent years and is now 25 for women and 28 for men. Experts estimate that debt and financial stress is one key factor in the change of wedding ages. The report shows that 78 percent of women with at least a bachelor’s degree were married for 20 years or more, where 41 percent of women with a high school diploma reached the 20-year mark.

A Facebook affair

A Facebook friend suggestion led two women to discover they are married to the same man at the same time. The discovery also led the man to be charged with bigamy in a Washington court. Alan O’Neil married his first wife in 2001 and after moving out and changing his name, he married his second wife in 2009. The first wife went to the second wife’s page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake.

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