FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos.
Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators on Tuesday detailing the unanimous concerns of the state's four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state. Delahanty said allowing casinos to open would be especially harmful to the poor who often turn to casinos in hopes of solving their financial problems. Delahanty warned of potential "catastrophic losses" for Kentucky families.
Gambling opponents have been working feverishly to try to defeat Gov. Steve Beshear's proposal for a constitutional amendment that would allow up to seven casinos to open in the state. That proposal could be voted on in a Senate Committee on Wednesday.