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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Star-studded fundraiser in New York to benefit same-sex marriage in Maryland

A long list of top-flight celebrities are headlining a fundraiser planned in New York next month to benefit the campaign for same-sex marriage in Maryland.


Cast member Julianne Moore answers a question during the panel for the HBO film "Game Change" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. in January. (Mario Anzuoni — Reuters)
Those advertised to attend include Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles, co-stars of “The Good Wife” on CBS. Sarah Jessica Parker, best known for her work on HBO’s “Sex & The City,” is expected to be on hand as well. As are actors Julianne Moore (who played Sarah Palin in the HBO movie “Game Change”), Edward Norton and Susan Sarandon.

Barbara Bush, daughter of the former president, is also scheduled to attend, along with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and about two dozen other same-sex marriage advocates from the worlds of sports, fashion, movies and television.

The Sept. 13 event, for which tickets range from $250 to $25,000, is booked atop The James hotel, which promises “a sexy social atmosphere, with an enclosed bar and lounge set against 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline,” according to its Web site.

The fundraiser for Marylanders for Marriage Equality comes as both sides gear up for a more visible campaign heading into November. A same-sex marriage law was passed by the Maryland legislature in March but easily petitioned to the ballot by opponents of the measure.

Same-sex marriage is already legal in New York. Several of the celebrities scheduled to attend next month’s benefit for Maryland appeared in a New York ad campaign that served as a model for one in the Free State during its legislative debate.

They include Bush and Moore, as well as professional hockey player Sean Avery and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Several of the celebrities have Maryland connections, including Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the National Republican Committee who came out as gay in 2010; film maker John Waters, a Baltimore native; and Hilary Rhoda, a model who was born in Chevy Chase.

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