A California-based think tank estimates Florida's economy will get a $182 million boost over three years from the weddings of gay and lesbian couples.

Florida began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on January 6 after the Supreme Court refused to intervene in a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, Florida marriage license issuances were up by roughly 3,000 for the first quarter of 2015 as compared to last year.

“We've had a big increase since that law passed,” said Ann Smith, manager for the Escambia County marriage department. “It's been pretty steady. We've issued for people in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia – so people are traveling here to get married.”

Researchers from UCLA's Williams Institute estimate that 24,248 couples will marry in Florida in the first three years of marriage equality, resulting in a $182 million economic boost.

Same-sex couples on average spend less on a wedding than their heterosexual counterparts, said wedding planner Sara Gilliane.

“A lot of the couples have been together for such a long time, but now that it is legal they can actually have a ceremony so there definitely has been an increase,” she said.