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New York City mayor gets involved in Maryland’s marriage debate

New York City mayor gets involved in Maryland’s marriage debate

As Maryland voters get prepared to decide if their state should allow same sex marriages, equality advocates were boosted by a major supporter from up north: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, at 26 Oct. press conference showing their support for the mid-Atlantic state’s marriage initiative.

‘When two people commit their lives to each other, government has no right standing in their way,’  Bloomberg said, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.

On 6 Nov. Maryland voters will decide if a bill approving same sex marriage, signed by O’Malley in March,  should go into effect as law; the name of the ballot measure is Question 6.

In early October the New York City mayor donated $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the lead group supporting the ordinance.

When New York State approved marriage rights for LGBT couples in 2011 June, Bloomberg was instrumental in getting the bill through the legislature.

In this US election cycle, three other states have marriage equality measures. Maine and Washington have same sex marriage referendums. In Minnesota there is a ballot initiative defining marriage as a union only between a man and woman.

Presently LGBT couples can only get married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia