Gay Money Is Still Green
This, more than any sort of humanism or enlightenment on the part of the American people, is why gay marriage is destined for legalization:
Ohio's big-city mayors are trying to defeat a proposed gay marriage amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot, saying it's detrimental to the state's economy.
"This isn't about marriage," Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said last week. "It's about the economic future of Ohio."
Coleman warned that passage of Issue 1 would harm the state's already weak economy by sending the message that Ohio is an intolerant place to do business.
Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell agreed that the state has other priorities.
"We shouldn't be focused on dividing and distracting," she said.
Coleman pointed to Cincinnati, the country's only major city that bans the passage of laws protecting gays and lesbians, as an example.
The 10-year-old amendment to the city charter has cost Cincinnati at least $46 million in potential convention business, said Julie Harrison Calvert, spokeswoman for the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau.