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.
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.
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.