Sunday letters: Money will steer same-sex debate

February 23, 2014 

— You can see where the gay community will make its case for overturning the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. It will come down to the almighty dollar.

In the debate over whether the state Revenue Department should treat married gays as single (“S.C. wants to treat married gays as single,” Jan. 10), Malissa Burnette, a Columbia attorney who heads S.C. Equality’s task force on litigation, pointed to Boeing and economic development. She said a Boeing employee from Washington state, which allows gay marriages and where the aircraft maker has much of its operations, might not want to transfer to the company’s North Charleston plant.

There you have it. All it will take is for a major employer such as Boeing to threaten to discontinue or cut back operations in South Carolina because it doesn’t like our laws, and a spineless General Assembly and governor will begin the process to change the constitution and our social values to keep that business. Lexington County used to have blue laws, but when Amazon threatened to take its plant elsewhere because of them, they were no more.

You can see where this is going.

R.C. Holmes

Columbia

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