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The Trickle-Down Effects of Same-Sex Marriage — From the Economy to Corporate Benefits to Estate Planning

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively declaring it legal in all 50 states. The economic impact of same-sex marriage on families and the community at large goes far beyond the day of “I do,” says LGBT scholar Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and […]

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively declaring it legal in all 50 states.

The economic impact of same-sex marriage on families and the community at large goes far beyond the day of "I do," says LGBT scholar Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and UCLA, who once suggested the economic value-add of legalized marriage on lives would be similar to selecting a brand name in a store instead of reaching for a generic.

Today, we hear from Badgett, and then talk with Houston-based attorney Debora Hunt about the implications of the High Court's ruling here in Texas on matters ranging from taxes to adoption to estate planning.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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