Big GOP donors join gay marriage push in NY

May 14, 2011 - 2:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A gay rights coalition hoping to legalize same-sex marriage in New York has been getting an infusion of cash from a surprising source: Republican business titans.

The New York Times reported Friday that a small but influential group of GOP money men have provided the bulk of the financing for the advocacy umbrella group New Yorkers United for Marriage.

Big donors to the effort include Paul Singer, the chairman of the Manhattan Institute and a major donor to Republican political campaigns.

At some events supporting gay marriage, Singer has spoken of having a personal tie to the issue. He has a gay son who got married in Massachusetts.

Other backers include hedge fund manager Clifford Asness, who tells the Times his support is in line with his libertarian view of small government.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com