Tim Staples
Alex Reed

A new study shows that legalizing same-sex marriage in Georgia would bring in $78.8 million dollars to the state economy. But, as Terry Legal Studies professor Alex Reed told the Red & Black, the economic incentive doesn't mean it's going to happen.

“Here in Georgia the same-sex marriage ban was approved in 2004 by a pretty wide majority, and between that fact and the fact that a lot of the legislators in the [Georgia] General Assembly who are there right now were also there in 2004,” Reed said. “So I would consider it highly unlikely that there would be any movement at the state capital.”

However, the news may still have an impact, Reed said. The study, which was published by the Williams Institute at the University of California School of Law, might sway people who are undecided about gay marriage.

“Any time you see any study indicating that there’s a potential for job creation or additional revenue coming into the state, I think you have to take that seriously and really look at it,” Reed said. “In terms of putting more money in the state’s coffers and creating jobs, I do think there’s room to influence public opinion. But I feel like at this point in time, most people have made up their minds on same-sex marriage, one way or the other. I feel like maybe for the shrinking number of folks who are still straddling the fence on the issue, it could have the potential to influence them, but I don’t know that I see it influencing people who identify themselves as being opposed to same-sex marriage.”