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Gay marriage proponents cooking up extra support

Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks in favor of gay marriage in January. State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., an openly gay member of the Senate, looks on.

Gay marriage supporters are trying to cook up some cash before the Nov. 6 election.

A laundry list of high-profile Baltimore and Washington-area chefs are participating in a dinner fundraiser Wednesday that will benefit Maryland’s supporters of Maryland’s same-sex marriage, which is slated for voter consideration on Election Day.

Gov. Martin O’Malley will attend the event, which is being emceed by fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn.

Supporters can bid on nine personal chef tables that will cook and serve five-course meals for tables of eight during the fundraiser, dubbed Chefs for Equality. Tickets can also be bought for $150.

The event is being hosted by food columnist and cookbook author David Hagedorn and the Human Rights Campaign, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

Multiple polls show that voters are poised to uphold the same-sex marriage law approved by the General Assembly and signed by O’Malley, but petitioned to referendum by opponents.

If voters do favor legalizing gay marriage, Maryland’s law will be the first such law upheld by a popular vote.