Queerty is better as a member

Log in | Register

Mayor Bloomberg Donates $500,000 To Marriage-Equality Battlegrounds

For a single straight man, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a lot riding on gay equality: The billionaire businessman-turned-politician, who has already donated $250,000 to a same-sex marriage campaign in Maryland, is now giving another $500,000 for marriage-equality fights in Maine, Minnesota and Washington State.

‘Marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom” Bloomberg said in a statement on Monday.

The mayor will give $125,000 to Mainers United for Marriage, which is backing a ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage, plus $250,000 to efforts in Washington State to uphold marriage-equality legislation passed earlier this year. Another $125,000 is being designated for Minnesotans United for All Families, which is fighting the state’s upcoming referendum banning same-sex nuptials.

Minnesota for Marriage, the group backing the North Star State’s marriage ban, calls Bloomberg an interloper: “We believe it is the people of Minnesota who should decide the question of marriage, not out-of-state donors like Bloomberg.”

What about out-of-state donors like the carpetbagging National Organization for Marriage, which almost single-handedly spurs anti-equality initiatives across the country?

Guess that doesn’t count, huh?




    Add your Comment

    Please log in to add your comment

    Need an account? Register It's free and easy.




    Copyright 2015 Queerty, Inc.
    Follow Queerty at Queerty.com, twitter.com/queerty and facebook.com/queerty.