Voice for Equality: Michael Bloomberg
October 12, 2010
Michael Bloomberg is the current Mayor of New York City, and the 10th richest person in the United States, having net worth of US$18 billion in 2010. He is the founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg L.P., a financial news and information services media company.
A lifelong Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his registration in 2001 and ran for mayor as a Republican, winning the election that year and a second term in 2005. He was frequently mentioned as a possible independent candidate for the 2008 presidential election and fueled that speculation when he left the Republican Party in June 2007 to become an independent. There was also speculation that he would run as a vice-presidential candidate. Bloomberg did not, however, seek the presidency nor was he selected as a running mate by any of the presidential candidates.
In the fall of 2008, Bloomberg successfully campaigned for an amendment to New York City's term limits law, in order to allow him to run for a third term in 2009. Bloomberg won the election on November 3, 2009. Learn more here.
In the fall of 2010, the New York State marriage campaign of the national group, Human Rights Campaign, began making a direct appeal to ordinary voters in a series of commercials featuring Hollywood actors, fashion designers and civic leaders. One such commercial featured Mayor Bloomberg. See video below:
Then in an October 11, 2010 speech to PFLAG, Mayor Bloomberg said: "Government should not be in the business of telling anyone whom he or she can and cannot love. And believe me: I will fight with you every single day to make that a reality." [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Michael Bloomberg as a Voice for Equality!