Protestors Rally Against Expanded Gambling

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Updated: 2/21/2012 11:17 pm
     Opponents of gambling make their voices heard at the Capitol, the night before hearings begin into the Governor's casino bill.  The constitutional amendment would allow for up to seven casinos, two free standing and five at horse racing tracks. 

     More than 3,000 Kentucky churches and organizations were represented at Tuesday's rally.

     "Whether we're liberal, moderate, conservative or fundamentalists; we all think it's bad.  We stand arm and arm, shoulder to shoulder, and we wanted out legislators and our Governor to know that," explains Hershael York.

     And York says their argument is moral, rather than economic.

     "Perhaps the greatest ethic that Jesus gave us in our relationship with one another is that we all ought to love our neighbor as ourselves.  It's impossible to say you do that, you love your neighbor as yourself but you're trying yo get his money for nothing and gambling is that," comments York.

     And those protestors came from all over the state.  Kay Bailey lives in Williamstown and is a member of the Crittenden Baptist Association.

     "I felt like our churches need to support against gambling because gambling hurts families.  I hope they wake up and they won't vote for expanded gambling," says Bailey.

     While, Chuck Jacobs drove from Lincoln County with his daughter and two granddaughters to show his opposition.

     "It's so addictive and it's just like going down a drain, when you start that downward spiral, it don't stop.  I felt like we need to take a stand today and try to get a message across that we don't want it to pass," comments Jacobs.

     If the proposed legislation passes, it would put casinos to a vote of the people in November.


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