Lambert, other celebs help raise moneyas O’Malley seeks $2 million infusion
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
Supporters of Maryland’s marriage equality law are turning to somefamous faces in their ﬁght to preserve the measure, which faces aNovember referendum.Gay singer and “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performedat a fundraiser this week at D.C.’s 9:30 club, two weeks after a star-studded New York City event featuring actors Edward Norton and JoshCharles and gay director John Waters.“Marriage equality is about treating everyone as equals, regardless of who they fall in love with, said Lambert. “I’m honored to appear at thisevent to help do whatever I can to bring notice to a cause that is closeto my heart.”The fundraising push comes as the campaign enters the ﬁnal monthbefore the Nov. 6 vote and opponents of the law are expected to hit theairwaves with ads urging voters to overturn the law.Meanwhile, Gov. Martin O’Malley said on Monday that the campaignto defend the marriage law needs to raise another $2 million ahead of the referendum.“We’re continuing to raise every day in every way, but I really want tomake it clear here that we have the ability to pass this in Maryland,” he
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Next week’s debate offers ﬁrstchance to mix it up over marriage
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Next week’s presidential debate could mark theﬁrst opportunity for President Obama and Republicanpresidential nominee Mitt Romney to face off onmarriage in a race in which LGBT issues have ﬁguredless prominently than previous elections.The debate — the ﬁrst in a series of three for thepresidential candidates — is set to take place onWednesday at the University of Denver. The topic for the90-minute debate is domestic policy, and LGBT issuesand marriage equality would fall under that umbrella.The moderator of the debate is Jim Lehrer, theexecutive editor and former news anchor for PBS
NewsHour. It’s unclear if he’ll ask a question on LGBT
rights or marriage at the debate. But a question onLGBT rights could create an opportunity for Obama,who endorsed same-sex marriage in May, to attackRomney for not only opposing marriage rights forgay couples, but supporting a U.S. constitutionalamendment banning same-sex marriage.Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, saidif a marriage question was posed to the candidatesduring the debate, he’d like to hear Obama “repeat thesame heartfelt personal explanation” that he offered inMay when he announced he completed his evolution insupport of marriage equality.“And I’d like him to point out that just as it was wrongto deny couples of different races — like his parents— the freedom to marry, so under our Constitution, itis wrong to exclude couples of the same sex from the
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performed at a fundraiser for Maryland marriage equality at the 9:30 club this week.
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Md. adds star power to marriage ﬁght
D.C. man who spent18 months in jail in murderof gay educator Brian Bettsis killed in robbery attempt.
Tori Amos talks abouther 20th anniversaryin music, new albumof reworked songs.
Obama, Romney to face off