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."
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.