Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dipped into his vast billions and donated $250,000 to Maryland‘s marriage equality supporters.
While New Yorkers are free to marry whomever they choose, in Maryland the battle is on the ballot this November, as it and three other states could set precedents by legalizing same-sex marriage through popular vote.
Bloomberg’s contribution marks the largest individual donation Maryland‘s gay marriage supporters have received.
“The fact that someone of Mayor Bloomberg’s national stature and recognition would care about our referendum campaign for civil marriage equality, I think, tells people all over our country that this is a serious and real campaign,” Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley told The New York Times.
Bloomberg attended Maryland‘s Johns Hopkins University and had previously dug into his deep pockets to help pass gay marriage legislation in New York last year.
“I do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “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.”