Former NFL Commissioner Gives $100,000 For MD Gay Marriage Push

In the latest example of support from the pro-football community, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue donated $100,000 toward Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a group defending the state’s same-sex marriage law in the upcoming election.

“I think this is the time to view this not as an expense, but as a capital investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Tagliabue (right) at a recent fundraiser backing Question 6, the referendum on the marriage bill passed by the Maryland Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Last week, a Gonzalez Research poll found 51% of Marylanders support Question 6, while 43% oppose it.  Addressing opposition to marriage equality, Tagliabue said, “At some point the tide has got to turn. You got to stop the litigation. You got to demonstrate that… the second-guessing at the ballot box is not going to overcome the will of the legislature. At some point you’ve got to demonstrate that people who support this are going to be re-elected, and not get punished for supporting marriage equality. And I think right now is the time.”

Tagliabue, 71, was commissioner of the NFL from 1989 to 2006. Currently, he is the chair of Georgetown University’s board of directors.

Photo: Greg Mitchell