New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
has pledged another $500,000 to support pro-gay marriage campaigns in
Maine, Washington state and Minnesota.
“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
The contributions are intended to spur
Bloomberg is giving $250,000 to the
campaign supporting Referendum 74, which would uphold a gay marriage
law approved by Washington lawmakers.
The campaigns to defeat a
constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union in
Minnesota and legalize gay nuptials in Maine will each receive
According to Minnesotans United for All
Families, Bloomberg's gift has already been matched by a dozen
“Business leaders across the state –
and those around the nation, like Mayor Bloomberg – have made it
clear that this amendment is bad for business,” said Richard
Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families.
Bloomberg, considered a key ally in
legalizing such unions in New York last year, earlier this month gave
$250,000 to the campaign working to uphold a similar law in Maryland.