As reported by the Associated Press on Monday, gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and the state of Washington will be receiving some of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal fortune as he says he’ll spend $500,000 towards marriage equality.
Bloomberg said he planned to spend at least $10 million before Election Day promoting moderate candidates and supporting ballot measures supporting gay marriage and so far he has kept his word. Not only has he announced a $250,000 contribution to a Maryland gay marriage initiative earlier this month, but he has given $125,000 to a group in Minnesota who are working against an amendment that would strengthen the definition of marriage.
He has also pledged $325,000 to organizations campaigning to uphold a current equal marriage law in the state of Washington and to legalize it in Maine, which is a state hoping to be victorious this time around after a law legalizing same-sex marriage was nullified back in 2009.
This contribution should be no surprise as Bloomberg has been a long-time supporter and advocator of equal marriage. Since marriage equality became legal in the state of New York, Bloomberg announced over 8,000 gay couples had been married which he said boosted the economy by $259 million.
“Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free – and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy.”
Bloomberg is hoping his contributions help the states of Maryland, Minnesota, Maine and Washington state achieve similar inclusiveness and economic boost. Maine seems to be the closest of the states according to a recent report by Boston.com. Supporters believe they have the edge this time around as polls suggest that 55 percent of voters in Maine are in favor of gay marriage with 39 percent being opposed and 4.5 percent undecided.
The ballot question in Maine is the first time that the issue has been brought to voters by gay marriage supporters which has those same supporters optimistic that the state of Maine will be the fifth New England state and seventh overall to legalize gay marriage. So the support from Bloomberg is welcomed.
But not all are in favor of the gift by Bloomberg. A spokesman for Minnesota for Marriage saw Bloomberg’s gift as interference of sorts.
“We believe it is the people of Minnesota who should decide the question of marriage, not out –of-state donors like Bloomberg.”
The mayor believes his contributions and support is helping America as a whole.
“Marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom.”
The billionaire businessman-turned-politician is an advocate of all Americans having equal rights and the freedom of following their hearts.