Michael Bloomberg Pledges Additional $500,000 to Marriage Equality Campaigns

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will contribute another $500,000 of his personal funds to support marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state.

Washington United for Marriage received $250,000  supporting Referendum 74, which would uphold a gay marriage law approved this February by Washington lawmakers.  Senate Bill 6239 would legalize same-sex marriage and convert into a marriage on June 30, 2014, any undissolved state registered domestic partnership that does not involve at least one party aged 62 years or older.

Bloomberg pledged $125,000 to Mainers United for Marriage to support their efforts in the successful passage of Question 1 this November.  Question 1 seeks to overturn a voter-approved 2009 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state after Maine’s legislature approved same-sex marriages.  The governor signed the bill into law in May, 2009 and it was scheduled to go into effect 90 days after the legislature concluded its session.  The 2009 ballot measure stopped gay marriages before they began.

Minnesotans United for All Families received a $125,000 pledge to support its fight against Amendment 1, which would define marriage in that State as between one man and one woman.  North Carolina unfortunately passed a similar amendment this May.

“Marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom,” Bloomberg said in a statement announcing the contributions. “I do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry.”

It is Bloomberg’s hope that his pledges will spur matching contributions.  Do your part, folks.  Marriage equality is everyone’s business whether it’s on the ballot in your own state or not.  If you can make a donation, now is the time to do it.  Time is running out.


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