Proponents of marriage equality in Maryland have already tapped actors, athletes and musicians to help raise money for a November ballot measure. Now another profession is stepping forward: chefs. More than 60 Washington-area chefs and at least a dozen “mixologists” are joining forces for a “Chefs for Equality” event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights lobby. Proceeds from the Oct. 24 event at the Ritz-Carlton in the District will be used to help try to pass Question 6 on Maryland’s ballot, according to organizers. The night is being billed as “an extravaganza of food, cocktails, fashion and music.” The announcement of the event comes as both sides in Maryland’s marriage equality debate gear up for a costly ad war. At issue is whether voters should uphold a gay nuptials law signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in March. Opponents have spent months mobilizing through churches and civic groups in advance of a broader public campaign.
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