Press Room

June 21, 2004


HRC Lauds Government Report: Recognition of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Would Benefit Federal Budg

'Congress's own analysis shows America would benefit from equal protection,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

- The Congressional Budget Office released an analysis this week showing that recognizing marriages of same-sex couples would be beneficial to the federal budget. The finding is extremely significant and shows that the government would see a $1 billion annual increase in revenue by giving same-sex couples the benefits for which they're already paying, said the Human Rights Campaign.

"Congress's own analysis shows America would benefit from equal protection," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Now it's clear that giving all American families equal protection wouldn't harm the bottom line."

According to the report, "In some cases, recognizing same-sex marriages would increase outlays and revenues in other cases, it would have the opposite effect. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that on net, those impacts would improve the budget's bottom line to a small extent: by less than $1 billion in each of the next 10 years (CBO's usual estimating period)."

The analysis was requested by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, who chairs the House subcommittee on the Constitution. The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing June 24 about bans on marriage between same-sex couples.

"We will see to it that every member of Congress is aware that the only financial burden is to same-sex couples who are prohibited from the same rights and responsibilities as other families," added Jacques.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.