In a commentary piece for Advocate Magazine, Mike Bloomberg wrote that the fight for equal rights as “one of the great fights of my life.”

He came out in favor of marriage equality in the early 2000s, long before, he says “many of the other candidates for president stated their support publicly.”

During his time as the Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg went up to the state capitol in Albany to work with senators who were not in favor of passing legislation for marriage equality.

“I asked them to listen to their families, and especially their children. I asked them to put party politics aside and vote their conscience.”

Read more about how Mike Bloomberg is running to be a president who will be work for all Americans — all orientations and identities, all colors and creeds.