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Bloomberg pledges additional $500,000 to support marriage equality campaigns

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that he’ll spend another $500,000 of his personal fortune to support marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state in an effort to help the campaigns raise an equal amount.

Bloomberg pledged $250,000 to Washington United for Marriage, $125,000 to Mainers United for Marriage and $125,000 to Minnesotans United for All Families. The pledges will help each group raise additional money by matching new contributions made in the final days leading up to the November 6 elections.

Michael Bloomberg

If the challenge is successful, it will raise $1 million for the cause of marriage equality in the three states.

“Government has no business denying marriage licenses to a whole class of couples in Maine, Minnesota, Washington or anywhere else,” said Bloomberg, in a statement.

“The 14th Amendment guarantees us all equal protection under the law, and marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom. The barriers to it are bound to fall; the question is not if but when. I was proud to help support the successful effort to achieve marriage equality in New York State, and I’m proud to stand with supporters of marriage equality around the country this November.”


Mainers United for Marriage
is a coalition supporting Question 1 on Maine ballot, which, if passed, would allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Minnesotans United for All Families is a coalition working to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

Washington United for Marriage is a coalition working to pass Referendum 74, which would ratify a bill passed earlier this year and signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

Last week, Bloomberg announced the creation of his own “Super PAC,” with plans to contribute at least $10 million before Election Day to help elect moderate candidates from both parties who he believes will “focus on problem solving,” and to support policy issues such as legalizing same-sex marriage.

Earlier this month, he announced a $250,000 contribution to Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a group that supports passage of that state’s referendum that would ratify a state law legalizing same-sex marriage.

Bloomberg, whose net worth is estimated at over $25 billion, has been an active proponent for marriage equality.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Who wants to get married lol

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:19am
  2. We did Kristina a month ago in NY…it was amazing!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:24am
  3. Bloomberg has always maintained he is a Fiscal Conservative only!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:33am
  4. Congratulations to u and your husband Bill!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:41am
  5. WONDERFUL!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:44am
  6. Someone needs to bring the funds to Michigan now! I need to marry my partner. :-) It’s unfathomable that I can’t right now. :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:46am
  7. At least you can go across the river to Canada to get married. It’s a much longer trip for most of us to get to a place where marriage is legal!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:33am
  8. Dammit, Bloomberg; You act like a fascist one moment, then a true progressive the next STOP SCREWING WITH US

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:40am
  9. i hear ya Ashley ….i live in michigan as well….and we need to make some changes in it.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 3:07am
  10. My husband & I were married in Manhattan last December. Wonderful! Unfortunately after we returned to NC, our bigots passed a Republican-lead constitutional H8 amendment. Regardless, we fight.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 3:12am
  11. Okay, then I’ll give him a break on the “socialism” thing.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:59am
  12. Keep on with the fight….. I have so much hope that I can bring my husband home soon…. END DOMA..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:08am
  13. A North Carolina photographer uploaded a picture yesterday of a gay couple that she photographed. In a matter of hours she had people unlike her photography page (Ruby Peoples Photography) and had tons of cancellations for upcoming sessions because as one woman put it, “She didn’t want to sign on to facebook and look at queers.” Ruby of course stood by her decision and has gotten a lot of support from others, but it still troubled by the hate of a few individuals.

    I would like to ask for your help. Like her photography page and like the photo that started it all. It is the handsome couple under the album “Jais” The page is Ruby Peoples Photography. or send her a message on her private facebook, Ruby Burns Peoples. I am hoping that you will be able to help prove that everyone deserve loves. Thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:36am
  14. Thank you Mr. mayor a REAL fighter for rights of the undervalued.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:05am
  15. Thank you Mayor Bloomberg

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:55am
  16. this is interesting

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:12am
  17. THANK YOU Mayor Bloomberg!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:25am
  18. THANK YOU …..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:01am