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December 07, 2016
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Marriage Equality

Some of the biggest donations to help pay for the lobbying campaign to support the law came from conservative Republicans. Also New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, reportedly donated at least $100,000 of his own money for the cause. He has said it will give a boost to the city’s tourism industry because out-of-state couples will travel to the Big Apple to tie the knot.
On the other side of the issue, Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been one of the highest profile critics of the law. According to the New York Daily News, after church on June 26, he told congregants, "I think society and culture is at its peril if we presume to tamper with what has been given and already cherished through the history of civilization."

Among other notables who opposed the act was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He said on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” on June 27, "I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage. That's my view and that'll be the view of our state, because I wouldn't s