Former "American Idol" sensation Adam Lambert is helping to raise money in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.
The 30-year-old openly gay showman and Idol's Season 8 runner-up played the 9:30 Club in Northwest D.C. The $125 to $250-a-ticket fundraising concert was to help Marylanders for Marriage Equality pay for television ads in the coming weeks.
"It's a vote about human rights," Lambert tells FOX 5 News. "It's something that the people can choose on directly. It has nothing to do with if you're a Republican or Democrat. It's totally non-partisan. It's just a human rights question."
Organizers say the concert was the brainchild of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act into law last spring.
"Despite the fact that I'm not married, I have a lot of friends that would love the opportunity to come to ‘Marry-land' and get married maybe," added Lambert.
Lambert wants people to vote for Question 6 on November 6.
"Really what Question 6 is all about is about gay and lesbian people going to city hall and getting a marriage license," says Sultan Shakir of Marylanders for Marriage Equality. "And that's why they're voting for Question 6, because it's about equality and fairness."
The group that led the petition drive to get the issue put to a test of Maryland voters in six week says it has lots of supporters too.
"I've been called a racist, a bigot, a sexual redneck and everything else under the book just in the last few months," says Derek McCoy of the Maryland Marriage Alliance.
McCoy says he wants people to vote against Question 6.
"We're not against any group of people," McCoy continued. "We believe that our friends who are gay and lesbian, colleagues and family members have the right to do whatever they want to do. [They] just don't have the right to redefine marriage for everybody."
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