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."