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Study: Increase In Marriages Would Help Economy

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A bride and groom hold hands. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A bride and groom hold hands. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A retired United Methodist bishop performed a wedding for two gay men Saturday in Alabama despite opposition from other church leaders.

The ceremony took place at the Covenant Community Church, a United Church of Christ congregation. Bishop Melvin G. Talbert of Nashville, Tenn., performed the wedding even though the local bishop and other leaders said it violated church law.

At present, Alabama does not recognize same-sex marriage. A recent study suggests that changing such laws in states throughout the nation with similar policies in place might help the economy, however.

According to Gallup, researchers have found that people who are married spend significantly more money than those who are not.

“Married Americans spend more than those in any other marital status category, across age groups,” officials at Gallup noted in a release on the study’s findings. “Americans who have never married spend significantly less, particularly for those younger than 50, suggesting that if the marriage rate increases, overall spending in the U.S. may increase and benefit the U.S. economy.”

Researchers additionally noticed a difference between spending habits of people in marriages versus those in domestic partnerships, with the former spending an average of $102 per day while the latter lays down $98 at the same rate. Spending drops down to $74 per day among divorced Americans, and down to $67 daily in people who have never been wed.

Gallup attributed the spending phenomenon to average income rates between people in different sorts of relationships.

“Married Americans spend more than the average American in part because they have higher-than-average incomes,” those involved in the study learned. “Single Americans spend less, at least in part because they have lower-than-average incomes.”

The release added, “Those in domestic partnerships spend almost as much as those who are married, but have lower average incomes, similar to single Americans’ incomes, suggesting that domestic partners in some sense overspend what would be predicted from their incomes alone.”

In all, a reported 135,537 American adults of various marital statuses took part in the poll between January and September of this year.

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