12:25 pm Oct. 12, 2012
This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about his $250,000 donation to help pass a referendum in Maryland to protect that state's law legalizing same-sex marriage.
It was signed into law in March, but critics collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot this November. Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who, like Andrew Cuomo, is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has argued that a referendum victory would be more significant than a legislative one.
Bloomberg's donation is the largest advocates in Maryland have received, according to the Times, to whom the mayor's people made their announcement.
The call to get more involved in marriage equality fights was also the theme of Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's remarks at the Empire State Pride Agenda's annual fall dinner in Manhattan last night.
Patrick touted his state's legalization of same-sex marriage.
"The question we must ask ourselves now is this: Will we be there together for the next struggle?" he said. "WiIl you join the next fight for freedom and equality, even in another state? More than that, will you join the fight for religious freedom, for racial justice, for basic fairness in the criminal justice and immigration systems?"
He is currently cooperating with the author of a book on New York's same-sex marriage fight.