Former National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his family have donated $50,000 to the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Maine.

According to the AP, the family – which includes Tagliabue, his wife, Chandler, their son, Drew, and his longtime partner – announced the contribution to Mainers United for Marriage on Tuesday.

“My family cares about Maine and about the freedom to marry,” Tagliabue said in a statement. “We felt we had to get off the sidelines and get involved in this important campaign in a state that we love. Last winter, I spoke at Bowdoin College and met many young people disturbed by the fact that their lesbian and gay peers struggle for acceptance. This fight for marriage equality is something we feel passionately about not just for our son and his partner, who has been a part of our family for 20 years, but for all loving, committed couples.”

Earlier this month, Tagliabue and his wife donated $100,000 to the campaign to uphold a marriage equality law approved by Maryland lawmakers.