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October 20, 2008

FRC: No on abortion, no on gay marriage, no on slots

The Family Research Council, a national conservative Christian organization best known for its opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, is weighing in today on Maryland's slots debate.

In an e-mail that just hit our inbox, sandwiched between items about Joe Biden's position on gay marriage and Barack Obama's support for abortion rights, the Washington-based outfit urges Marylanders to vote no on Question 2.

"For 40 years, the Old Line State has held the line on gambling, refusing to cave to those who claim slots would cure Maryland's financial woes," the FRC says. "While it may bring some temporary relief to the state, that revenue will surely be offset by the social ills these slots would create."

The organization cites Sunday's editorial by the Washington Post opposing slots. It makes to mention of The Sun's editorial expressing support. The complete FRC comment follows.

Maryland's Question 2: Don't Bet on It!

Using the hard economic times as bait, Maryland's pro-gambling camp has been out in force to push Question 2, the ballot initiative that would reinstate the state's slot machines. For 40 years, the Old Line State has held the line on gambling, refusing to cave to those who claim slots would cure Maryland's financial woes. While it may bring some temporary relief to the state, that revenue will surely be offset by the social ills these slots would create. In an editorial opposing Question 2, the Washington Post points to a study by the University of Maryland which estimates that "the costs of alcoholism, gambling addition, and bankruptcies... could total $228 million to $628 million annually"-all but eliminating any revenue the state stands to gain. Last week, another study by the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research warned voters, "Slots could create almost 100,000 new pathological and problem gamblers in the state." Despite what slot proponents claim, a "yes" on Question 2 is essentially a "no" for real relief in homes across Maryland. We encourage state leaders to ease the burden on hard-working families, not add to it by throwing open the state's doors to increased crime and substance abuse.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 4:03 PM | | Comments (9)


it would be much better for these groups to cite research that proves slots causes "social ills." instead, they cite studies that estimate what could happen. anything *could* happen, so these studies don't really hold much water.

This Constitutional Amendment will GIVE women and minority business a PERMANENT 1.5% of the slots money FOREVER
Vote no to question 2

I suppose when white men become a minority you'll be singing a different song...

The Sun's position (that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures) seems a little off base, when you consider that the problem here is that the poor and middle class are suffering in the current economy, and the Sun supports slots because it will gather revenue. Problem is it will gather that money from....the poor and middle class. The Sun should have stayed consistent with its prior positions and avoided looking foolish.

How about the % of revenue that will go to the Canadian company that is set to run the slots? Or the cost of all the extra police and road improvements, etc. these slots will cost us. Voting NO to a Constitutional Amendment to allow gambling is the only thing that makes sense.

To Mark Petro: White men already are a minority. Only state-sanctioned minority (and women) -owned businesses would get this 1.5% grant. If the referendum passes it should be immediately tested in court. It's blatantly discriminatory.

Kudos to CT and its Supreme Court.

In 2005 the CT Legislature enacted a civil union law for same-sex couples and last week the CT Supreme Court voted 4-3 in favor of marriage equality.

As a Justice of the Peace I look forward to officiating at same-sex and opposite-sex marriages.


Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace
POB 1266 Washington CT 06793 USA

Only 1.5%? Seems like it ought to be more...

If I was a minority Business I wouldn't want this 1.5% grant because it just hurts somebody else at the end.

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