Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will be honored at a gay marriage fundraiser.

The Wednesday night event at the Jane E. Lawton Center in Chevy Chase is being organized by Equality Maryland, the state's largest gay rights group. Tickets to the event are $50.

In July, after New York became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, O'Malley announced he would sponsor a gay marriage bill during the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.

The 48-year-old Democratic governor backed an earlier effort this year which ended without a vote in the House of Delegates after passage in the Senate. While O'Malley pledged to sign the bill into law, he kept a low profile as lawmakers debated the bill, saying only that he backed civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Also being recognized for their support are Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Pete Franchot and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

The fundraiser will include champagne and wedding cake, the Associated Press reported.

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