Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $250,000 in support of the gay marriage cause in Maryland, which is holding a referendum on the issue next month.
“I do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry,” Bloomberg wrote in an e-mail to same-sex marriage supporters in Maryland, The New York Times reports. “The next great barrier to full equality under the law is marriage equality. There is no doubt in my mind this barrier will fall, just as so many others have.”
On Election Day, Maryland voters will see on their ballots Question 6, which is whether to uphold a bill legalizing same-sex marriage that was signed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in March.
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“Maryland will always hold a special place in my heart,” Bloomberg said, according to CNN
. The mayor went to college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “So when Gov. O'Malley asked me to support Question 6, I didn't hesitate," he said.
Bloomberg has vigorously advocated for gay rights in New York.
With the law signed by O’Malley, Maryland joined seven states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing same-sex marriage. But the law isn't scheduled to begin until Jan. 1, giving opponents time to get it reversed.
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