Gov. David A. Paterson, who has made legalizing same-sex marriage in New York a priority of his administration, is lending his support to gay and lesbian advocates in California who are fighting a proposal to define marriage there as between a man and a woman.
Mr. Paterson, along with Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, will headline a fund-raiser on Thursday at the East Side home of Michael Recanati and Ira Statfeld, two philanthropists.
Tickets to get into the event will start at $5,000. The money raised will be used for efforts to defeat Proposal 8, the ballot initiative that