March 17, 2010

Gay marriage debate spawns more pros, cons

Of the numerous problems impacting our state\'s economy, many Maine economists agree that demographics will play a major role in determining our economic future. It appears we Mainers are getting older. The latest data show Maine has the 7th largest proportional age 65 and over population in the country! We have a difficult time retaining and attracting young people to the state.

Meanwhile, financial experts have projected Maine\'s economy would realize an $8 million growth as a result of gay marriage.

Much has been written and discussed regarding gay marriage. While most people choose to focus on the moral, religious and legal ramifications, there is another aspect which has been largely ignored – the economic impact. I support gay marriage for many reasons. I have been happily married for nearly 40 years, and my wife and I believe our union would not be devalued in any manner as a result of gay marriage.

We elected our governor and our legislators to enact laws for the well-being of all Maine citizens, and they did that with gay marriage. Now we are being asked to void this law, effectively taking away rights which have been legislated. I find this reprehensible.

If Maine is ever to realize a more viable economy, it will take people – all people. Most New England states as well as all of Canada allow gay marriage. Should our law be voided, gays, lesbians and their families would exit this state\'s toxic environment, taking their tax money, small businesses, talents and abilities with them. We cannot afford this morally or economically.

Ron Herring

Wells

 

I love people way too much to support lifestyles that are self-destructive and deadly. Over the years, I have been asked to offer my hands to serve and tend to the needs of homosexual men who were dying of AIDS. Every case was tragic. I cleaned their commodes, brought them outside in wheelchairs, and held their hands while they were dying alone.

I care too much about people to support same-sex behavior that messes up and destroys lives in so many ways. It is not healthy, it is not natural, and it should not be taught to our children as something good and worthy of imitation. It goes against the natural law.

Out of genuine love and care for one another – out of love for people of all sexual orientations – let us uphold the beauty and goodness of traditional marriage in Maine. Let us protect the innocence and natural goodness of our children in Maine, and let us support and encourage only those lifestyles that are healthy and life-giving.

Susan Conroy

South Portland

 

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