Same-Sex Marriage an 'Economic Imperative'

Montgomery County official tells conference attendees that communities that welcome "the creative class" will succeed.

A vote in favor of same-sex marriage in November could also be a vote for improving Maryland's long-term economic prospects, according to one Montgomery County official.

Lily Qi, a special projects manager for Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Thursday told some attendees of the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City that communities that attract "the creative class" will succeed. Qi was speaking at a seminar on use of incentives for positive economic development.

She specifically linked the same-sex marriage vote to improving the climate for entrepreneurs in Maryland.

"It is an economic imperative that we welcome all people," said Qi, following the meeting.

"An area that tends to welcome people of different backgrounds is a place that will thrive."

Qi said the vote can "send a message that we are accepting of people who are different."

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zep August 30, 2012 at 09:00 PM
zep August 30, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Let's pitch in and get her a nice BIG TOY.
zep August 30, 2012 at 09:03 PM
You just bored me off the page you redundant vegetable. Go get laid by whatever will have you.
Laura Jackson August 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
By the way, Ms. Tillie. If you're going to quote me, get it right! I never said I was 40 years old. I'm 44 years old!!! And, yeah--I am really FAT. A whole 110 pounds worth. You, on the other hand, probably look like a "hag" who weighs about 450 pounds and you claim disability so you do not have to work. What a waste of space! But, that's okay. At least, God will not be wasting any of Heaven's space by having YOU there. BTW--if you are such a PRO-GAY ACTIVIST, why are YOU such a COWARD??? Why don't you call into 780 AM RADIO between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. PLEASE!!! I would love to hear what Reverend Ray has to say to YOU and your opinions of homosexuality. I'm also completely amazed at the fact that EVERYONE on this site is so "PRO-GAY" and yet NOBODY admits THEY, THEMSELVES, ARE GAY. It's okay--nobody is going to hurt you. You CAN admit it and come out of your closets. It "FAGGOT" hurts you, then so be it. But, I call it as I see it. HAHAHAHAHA! And, Zep--you aint nothing but a N/F lover. So, whatever!
jag August 31, 2012 at 02:39 PM
You better start praying there's no hell. Or do you seriously think Jesus is cool with bigots running around yelling "FAGGOT" at other human beings? You're an awful person. Truly. What a sad waste you are.
Tim August 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Wow, just...wow.
You August 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
JDStuts August 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
This is obviously a troll extremis. People like this just don't exist.
JDStuts August 31, 2012 at 02:55 PM
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 1 Timothy 2:11-12
You August 31, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree JD. Rebel rouser. Not a real person, but portraying an extremist, violent christian.
Amy Kelly August 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Laura... enjoy your pat down from the female TSA officers at the airport! Don't forget to take off that HUGE METAL Cross off your back before you go through the metal detector.
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 31, 2012 at 04:00 PM
ITS DEAD PEOPLE LEAVE IT ALONE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjoMQJf5vKI
Dee September 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
For you to show such disgust for people who are gay is so sad. I agree that homosexuality is a sin as the bible says, however, so is fornification. How many people do you know have had sex prior to marriage? Do you show that same disgust towards them? You don't have to have the same beliefs as people or agree with their opinions. But as a Christian, we are taught to love all people.
Laura Jackson September 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Dee--You say you are a "Christian." Well, you are NOT if you agree with THESE people. They have all said that the Bible is a "FAIRYTALE." They have all said that "JESUS IS GAY" and then they call ME a "BIGOT" just because I said that I would NOT support gay-marriage. I AM voting! AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE. To be a Christian and to support THEM says a lot. To say NOTHING says so much. And, sorry Dee--but, I view people who have sex PRIOR to marriage the same as homosexuals. So does the Bible. That's WHY I got married. To avoid fornication. So, shame on you for not believing in God's world and choosing to join those adulterers, fornicators, and homosexuals. May God have mercy on YOUR soul, Dee. They think I have shown "wrath." Again, they haven't seen anything compared to what they will see when they see GOD! I'm ashamed of ALL CHRISTIANS who come into this site and agree with these homosexuals. God does LOVE all people. He HATES all sin. What YOU fail to see is that there IS a Hell for a reason, and God doesn't put ALL people in Heaven just because they're "nice." A nice homosexual is great; but, if he/she doesn't REPENT, he/she will NEVER enter into the Kingdom of God. Too bad; so sad. And, stop showing "youtube" stuff, Corbin. Nobody cares to watch the sick people who agree with homosexuality. Again, if you are so "brave" and FOR these people, call into 780 AM between 1 and 2 p.m. I would LOVE to hear what a Minister would say to YOU about homosexuality.
Laura Jackson September 04, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Ashley September 04, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Just go away, Laura. No one cares.
Laura Jackson September 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
You're absolutely right, Ashley. No one CARES about YOU or any other sinner in here. Anyone who has rebuked the Word of God and sinned by saying Jesus is gay will go to Hell. So, you're right. No one CARES about homosexuals--especially GOD! Know that! You WILL be severely punished for rebuking Jesus Christ--His one and only son!
jag September 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Laura, are you illiterate? Someone said "What if Jesus is gay?" No one said he was, in fact, gay. No one here cares about what his sexual orientation was, except you. Your obsession with homosexuality is very odd. As is your obsession with demeaning everyone around you. You're by far the least Christian person here.
jag September 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
No, you read again. I literally copied and pasted. Patch, this person has thrown slurs at dozens of people. It sure would be nice if you actually treated your own site with a bit of respect and banned people that are this evil.
Amy Kelly September 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Hello, I'm the person who stated HYPOTHETICALLY "What if Jesus was gay" hy·po·thet·i·cal    [hahy-puh-thet-i-kuhl] adjective Also, hy·po·thet·ic ( for defs. 1–4 ) . 1. assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.
VWK September 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Laura, for the love of God (and I mean that literally) please stop talking. On behalf of true Christians everywhere, I would like to say we would never wish anyone to go to hell, or take delight in seeing anyone go there. Being gay does not condemn you to hell. Being sinful does not condemn you to hell. Rejection of Jesus as the Son of God will. Every last one of us commits some type of sin on a daily basis. If you ask Jesus for forgiveness and commit your life to him, you will be forgiven. He loved us all enough to take our punishment for us - all you have to do is ask.
Amy Kelly September 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Laura, don't misquote me. But I understand that confusion can happen when things are written done. That is why I treat the Bible as any other book.... open to interpretation and misquotes. That is why it is referred as The Bible... and not autographed by God or printed in Heaven but most likely some place in China by enslaved children of God for people to read.
Amy Kelly September 04, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Believe me.. If God actually wrote and printed the Bible. His picture would be on the back cover and he would be on the lecture circuit. However, at this time God has only appeared on slice of Toast and maybe a crop circle or too.
Tillie Diesel September 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Yeah, Ford Model... let me guess for the F350? I pray every day that you burn in hell with the other nut bags. So there, we will see who God thinks is a better follower. A person who “speaks” for god and promotes hate, or someone like me who thinks everyone should love thy neighbor as they do themselves. By the way, which commandment does it say Homosexuality is wrong? Burn baby burn… I don’t need to call your radio preacher, I can think for myself! Bam! As for you calling people faggots? When you can't win, losers start calling people names. I will chalk it up to dementia. Poor thing... (shaking head)
Tillie Diesel September 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I think Laura seriously may need to see a doctor. There is something wrong with her. Perhaps an aneurism or some condition that is making her mentally unstable. I see it all the time on Law and Order. This nut bag is about to crack. She won’t be able to tell herself since it is happening to her. If she is in fact married or has kids, I hope they get her some help before it’s too late. I think most of us can see in her posts that there is something really wrong with her and I think it extends beyond a mental issue. I am sure her preacher is exploiting this defect… she probably signed her assets over to him already for being eternally saved. Lol, old people, they are so funny sometimes. Maggie Gallagher isn’t this crazy!
Laura Jackson September 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
You're RIGHT--VWK--Laura, for the love of God (and I mean that literally) please stop talking. On behalf of true Christians everywhere, I would like to say we would never wish anyone to go to hell, or take delight in seeing anyone go there. Being gay does not condemn you to hell. Being sinful does not condemn you to hell. Rejection of Jesus as the Son of God will. Every last one of us commits some type of sin on a daily basis. If you ask Jesus for forgiveness and commit your life to him, you will be forgiven. He loved us all enough to take our punishment for us - all you have to do is ask. Now, VWK--go back and read your OWN post. Read it again and again and again. You're right that God forgives Sinners; however, NONE of these people believe that homosexuality is a sin. And, NONE of them believe the Bible is REAL. And, NONE of them believe Jesus died for their sins. So, yes--unfortunately, they ARE all going to Hell. If you'll read way back from the beginning, I told them to ask for forgiveness. I said I would "pray" for them; however, they laughed about it and called Jesus GAY. So, do you really think that NOT asking for forgiveness, continuing on the same path they're on and NOT repenting (turning away from homosexuality) is going to get them into Heaven? NO. And, if your church teaches you that homosexuality is "normal" and "okay" with God, you'd better find another church. Too many "false prophets" in these last days who'd rather live for the world; not God!
Laura Jackson September 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Also, VWK--the Bible clearly says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that homosexuality IS a sin. And, yeah--if they asked God to forgive them, and repented, they WOULD be saved. But, they're delusional. They actually think they can keep doing what they're doing and still go to Heaven. I don't "wish" anyone goes to Hell. I prayed for these "sick" people. But, they have to WANT to accept Christ. Since they have repeatedly REJECTED CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR, THEY ARE GOING TO HELL. You cannot change them. And, they only have ONE chance. God is not a God of second chances. If Jesus comes back tonight, they go to Hell--it's that simple. At least, I KNOW where I'm going when I die. And, yes--I thank the Lord for EVERYTHING. True--we are all born sinners. But, those who rebuke the Lord and do what they are doing will NEVER enter the Kingdom. The Bible also clearly states to AVOID THE WICKED AND EVIL PEOPLE. So, if you ARE a "Christian," VWK--then shame on you for involving yourself with these wicked perverted people who have ALL turned their backs on Jesus! Good-bye. I'm deleting PATCH, as I have NO FURTHER thing to say to any non-believers. Believers are supposed to avoid all such people and stay with those who ARE believers in Christ. BYE!
Ryan September 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Don’t worry Laura, you will be decaying in the ground after you die just like everyone else.
Collin September 20, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Is Laura's health the only rude remark you have to back up whatever your trying to prove, which nobody even knows anymore what your trying to prove. Also in earlier comments I had seen mention of Laura's children. How dare anyone bring somebodies family into such a filthy sounding discussion. You don't know them, and whose to say they will grow up with the same believes as their parents. My dad is a huge supporter of liberal ideas and now that I'm old enough to understand politics I have changed my own views on political issues to more of a conservative view. When a liberal can beat me in an argument with facts, and without changing the subject or calling me some idiotic name, then I will have respect for them but until then, they will get nothing from me.
Lily Qi November 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Since I was the one originally quoted in the Patch piece that triggered all these back and forth comments, let me just clarify on a couple of things to set the record straight: 1. I talked about the creative class as a phrase coined by Richard Florida, who, in his famous book, "Rise of the Creative Class," argues that a locale that is attractive to gays is also one that thrives. So gays were not singled out as the creaitve class or the only creative class, which is loosely defined in the book as all of us who engage in knowledge-based jobs or economy. My comments were in the larger context of a communty's overall tolerance toward people they perceive to be "different." This very short piece does not really reflect exactly what I said at the conference. Many people approached me after the panel and not a single one mentioned anything about my comments on same sex marriage because it was mostly about economic development and this was taken out of context. 2. A better way to understand my views would be to read my article on the subject, which bears the same title as this short piece by the Patch, called "Same Sex Marriage as Economic Imperative," here is the link, http://www.asianfortunenews.com/article_0912.php?article_id=16. Thanks for your interests and comments. --Lily Qi


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