New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would tell D.C. residents who oppose Mayor Adrian Fenty’s re-election bid because Fenty signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage that government should not interfere with any citizen’s right to marry.
Bloomberg talked about the same-sex marriage issue during a Washington news conference Tuesday in which he endorsed Fenty’s re-election bid.
“They have a right to believe what they want to believe,” Bloomberg said of same-sex marriage opponents. “But just as with religious freedom, I do not believe it’s the government’s business to get involved in family lives, particularly when no one gets hurt. And I think you should have a right to marry anybody you want, love anybody you want. It seems to me it is just as basic a right as everything else. Period. End of story.”
Bloomberg, who is serving his third term as New York City’s mayor, came to D.C. to announce his endorsement of Fenty’s bid for a second term, saying Fenty has made far-reaching reforms and improvements in the D.C. government that are widely recognized by mayors across the country.
Fenty’s main rival in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D-At Large), has said he would do a better job than Fenty in uniting the city’s political factions and more effectively carry out government reforms.