By Anna Peirano
Republican Paul singer gave $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality yesterday, Towelroad reports. Singer is the founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliot Management Corporation in New York City and has give over $10 million to marriage equality efforts across the country.
Singer, who has a gay son, has been a supporter of gay rights issues for over a decade. He told reporter Frank Bruni of the New York Times in an interview earlier this year that, “‘nothing I had ever done in political policy or philanthropy’ was quite like this work, because marriage rights have such a specific, immediate and emotional impact on gay and lesbian couples.”
“Paul’s leadership on marriage equality continues to amaze and sets an example for other fair-minded members of the Republican Party,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a founder of Marylanders for Marriage Equality. “His investment in the equality and dignity of Marylanders reflects the growing bipartisan support to get Question 6 over the finish line in these critical final weeks.”
While his support for marriage equality is undeniable, Singer is not defined by the platforms of either the Democratic or Republican party. He has donated more than $3.7 million to various Republican candidates this year, and has given $1 million to Romney’s SuperPac alone.
Bruni reported Singer saying that “marriage equality is an issue that doesn’t or at least shouldn’t fit into any tidy partisan box: it crosses all sorts of lines.”
““It could be your friend or daughter, your friend’s son or daughter, your cousin,” he said. “And they can be all kinds of people in terms of their philosophy.”
Find out more about Marylanders for Marriage Equality and Question 6 on the organization’s website here.