New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $250,000 challenge grant to supporters of the coalition to win marriage for all Washington families, Washington United for Marriage (WUM). The challenge grant was issued as part of a week-long campaign to inspire supporters and spur donations to match the Mayor’s $250,000 pledge and defend Washington’s bipartisan marriage law.
“I was proud to support the successful push for marriage equality in New York State, and I’m proud to stand with supporters around the country. I do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The 14th Amendment guarantees us all equal protection under the law, given the long march of freedom that defines the history of our nation, the question is not if marriage equality happens, but when. The people of Washington have a chance to answer that question on November 6.”
“This is a tremendous display of support for full equality and we are grateful to Mayor Bloomberg,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “The Mayor has been such an important advocate for the freedom to marry – his independent voice and strong actions on behalf of extending marriage equality to all couples are visionary.”
Washington United for Marriage is sending an email to its supporters asking them to meet Mayor Bloomberg’s challenge. The email is copied below.
Yesterday, I got a call from Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City.
He’s a strong supporter of the freedom to marry, and was so impressed by how our supporters pulled together to meet our last $225,000 matching gift challenge, he’s offered to match ANOTHER $250,000.
I KNOW, RIGHT?!
Mayor Bloomberg has been successful in almost everything he has done because he has vision. His vision and smarts make him a tremendous leader. And now he’s helping lead on marriage equality.
And, this incredibly generous gift underlines just how important approving Referendum 74 is to Washington — and to loving couples everywhere.
We need to have the resources to fight the lies being spread by the opposition, and if we can meet this goal by midnight Friday, we’ll have $500,000 more to spread the word on television, online, and in person.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Mayor Bloomberg, and to the amazing support from you that led him to make this challenge.
Let’s do this — and let’s make sure we have everything we need to keep marriage equality here in Washington.
Washington United for Marriage