September 19, 2012 | by Michael K. Lavers
Adam Lambert to headline Maryland marriage fundraiser
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Adam Lambert. (Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis via Wikimedia)

Adam Lambert is scheduled to headline a D.C. fundraiser next week for the group defending Maryland’s same-sex marriage law.

The gay former “American Idol” contestant will perform at the 9:30 club in Northwest Washington on Sept. 25. Tickets for the concert that will benefit Marylanders for Marriage Equality will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday at www.ticketfly.com.

A press release that the club sent to the Washington Blade noted that Gov. Martin O’Malley and Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner made what it described as a “special request for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser to be held at” the D.C. venue.

“Knowing that I am a Maryland resident, both Gov. O’Malley and Council President Berliner called to see if we could help raise funds for this landmark cause,” said 9:30 club co-owner Seth Hurwitz. “Although the 9:30 club is in D.C., it’s the natural and best place to achieve what we wanted to with the least expense. All of the profits will be going to the campaign. Although we historically don’t get involved in political causes, on this issue I cannot stand by. People’s personal opinions should not affect fairness and equality for all.”

The 9:30 Club fundraiser will take place a week before O’Malley and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray are scheduled to attend a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser at gay Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf’s Logan Circle home. The Maryland governor also spoke at a star-studded benefit for the group in New York City on Sept. 13.

“As the campaign enters the final weeks, we’re thrilled to have Adam Lambert’s support of Question 6 in Maryland,” said Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality.

Tickets range from $125-$250. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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