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New York mayor gives $250,000 to Maryland equal marriage campaign

New York mayor gives $250,000 to Maryland equal marriage campaign

by Scott Roberts, 12 October 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $250,000 (£155,430) to the campaign that is fighting to keep equal marriage in the US state of Maryland.

A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Maryland was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in February 2012 and signed into law on 1 March 2012, by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley.

However, opponents of marriage equality have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on the decision – which is taking place on 6 November.

“As a business leader and mayor of New York City, I do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry,” Mr Bloomberg said in an email, reported by the Washington Post.

Mr Bloomberg also mentioned his Maryland ties and said that the state’s Governor Martin O’Malley had asked for his support on the issue.

“Maryland will always hold a special place in my heart,” Bloomberg said. “I went to college at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and have remained active in the Hopkins community. So when Governor O’Malley asked me to support Question 6, I didn’t hesitate,” Mr Bloomberg said.

He also referred to New York’s historic decision to introduce marriage equality last year in the email.

by Anonymousreply 510/13/2012

[quote]A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Maryland was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in February 2012 and signed into law on 1 March 2012, by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley.

[quote]However, opponents of marriage equality have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on the decision – which is taking place on 6 November.

The latter of which makes it necessary for everyone in Maryland to go to the polls, not only for the presidential race.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2012

Even with Bloomberg's big donation, I don't think Maryland will be able to keep marriage for gays legal.

by Anonymousreply 210/13/2012

I know we should be grateful for any amount particularly an amount of this size. So thank you Mayor Bloomberg.

However, he could have given a million dollars. He's one of the top 10 richest people in the entire U.S.

by Anonymousreply 310/13/2012

I don't understand why every time Bloomberg gives a donation, people bitch about him not giving enough. It is always "oh, he is so rich, why doesn't he give more? It is a fraction of his net worth."

Would 1 million dollars make a difference in Maryland? Would 10 million?

Even $10 million is nothing to him.

Cash can help, but only up to a point.

He donates about 140 million dollars per year to hundreds of causes.

If I were him, I would not be giving any if this is the response from the public every time I give.

by Anonymousreply 410/13/2012

It's a nice gesture, but I still can't stand him.

by Anonymousreply 510/13/2012
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