Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry would boost economies in Utah and Virginia, new studies have found.

Gay marriage bans in Utah and Virginia are among those that have been struck down as unconstitutional by federal judges in recent months.

According to studies conducted by the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA Law, extending marriage to gay couples would generate up to $60 million in spending to Virginia's economy and up to $15.5 million to Utah's economy in the first three years after each state lifted its ban.

Researchers looked at 2010 U.S. Census data to estimate that half of gay couples living in Utah (1,955) and Virginia (7,122) would choose to marry in the first three years

Spending and tourism related to the weddings would also generate new jobs: 268 in Utah and between 459 and 595 in Virginia over the first three years.

“Study after study has demonstrated that, in addition to significant revenue, marriage for same-sex couples creates new jobs,” said Christy Mallory, senior counsel at the Williams Institute.