A-list celebrities to raise money for Md same-sex marriage law

August 26, 2012|by Annie Linskey

Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon and former first daughter Barbara Bush are among an extremely long list of celebrities set to appear at a fundraiser for Maryland's same-sex marriage law. 

Tickets start at $250 for the event, which will be atop the James Hotel in New York City in mid-September.

The Free State is one of four where same-sex marriage is on the ballot this year. No state has ever upheld gay nuptials at the ballot box, but polling funded by a gay rights group shows Marylanders are open to the idea.

The state will have an unusually crowded ballot this year -- same-sex marriage is one of four controversial laws that voters will decide in November. Others include expanding gambling, allowing some illegal immigrants to have in-state tuition and the congressional map.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat with his eyes on the White House in 2016 will appear. He's focusing his energy on same-sex marriage and the in-state tuition questions. (He's said he's "so sick" of the gambling issue.)

The invite also includes Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, John Waters, Josh Charles, Russell Simmons. Plus, fashion designer Thom Browne, Bravo exec Andy Cohen, Gramercy Tavern founder Tom Colicchio, 

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