New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday traveled to Baltimore to urge passage of Question 6, the ballot initiative which asks Maryland voters to uphold – or reject – a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.

Bloomberg joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel in the city's Harbor East neighborhood.

“When two people commit their lives to each other, government has no right standing in their way,” Bloomberg is quoted as saying by The Baltimore Sun.

Bloomberg, considered a key ally in legalizing such unions in New York last year, earlier this month gave $250,000 to the campaign working for passage of Question 6.

Bloomberg also joined O'Malley in penning an op-ed titled For Question 6 Because We Love Maryland published Thursday in the Sun.

“Nothing has changed [in New York], except now thousands of committed couples, parents and their children can enjoy the same equal protection under the law. And despite the warnings from opponents, marriage equality has actually been good for business in New York. New York City alone has generated an estimated $259 million in economic impact in the first year after same-sex marriage passed,” Bloomberg and O'Malley wrote.

“Right now in Maryland, we're hearing the same warnings from the same opponents using the same old playbook. Their scare tactics won't work this time, either.”

“The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights and dignity of all. And it is this belief in treating everyone equally under the law that has led to the surge in momentum in favor of Question 6.”