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Gates’ donate additional $500,000 to Washington marriage equality campaign

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have donated an additional $500,000 to the campaign to uphold Washington’s state’s marriage equality law.

The announcement Tuesday comes from Washington United for Marriage, the broad coalition working to approve Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that will ask voters to approve or reject the same-sex marriage law passed in the legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year.

Bill and Melinda Gates
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“Bill and Melinda Gates made a second contribution to the Referendum 74 campaign because they support marriage equality and believe the law is good for Washington state,” said a family spokesperson.

About $11 million has been spent on the campaign so far, with a bulk of it spent by gay marriage supporters. Washington United for Marriage has far outraised its opponents, bringing in nearly $11 million compared to the more than $2 million raised so far by Preserve Marriage Washington, which opposes the law, reported Associated Press.

“This is just such an incredible gift and comes at a time when we’re seeing significant national money flow to our opponents,” said WUM campaign chair Lacey All. “This is not the first time the Gates have made an investment in our campaign, and it’s a testament to the confidence they have in our ability to make history on November 6th.”

Gates had previously made a $100,000 contribution to WUM on June 29.

On Monday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $250,000 in matching donations to Washington United for Marriage.

A KCTS-TV poll last week showed that 56.3 percent of registered voters back gay marriage in the state, compared to 35.6 percent who oppose it, with 6.1 percent undecided.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Now, that is philanthropy at it’s finest. God Bless Bill and Melinda Gates. Real Americans that stand up and back up REAL equality. How I wish, those that are BLESSED with Good Fortune would do the same. Can you imagine what a GREAT world this would be. I bow deeply in gratitude and respect to the Gates’ Family…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:22am
  2. That’s all? They are hoarding money.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:30am
  3. Can MN get some of that cash?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:37am
  4. awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:03pm
  5. Totally kewl. The Gates have continually helped this & many other great causes. Thank you, for that.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:07pm
  6. Sweet!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:15pm
  7. He is a good man.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:17pm
  8. Thank You Mr. Gates!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:22pm
  9. He keeps doing things like this, I’ll change my mind about him

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:24pm
  10. He’s A Wonderful Person -He’s So Normal For Being Gate’s I’ve Met Him At An AIDS Charity :)

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:27pm
  11. Hello LGBTQ Nation were a new LGBT Supporter page and was wondering if we could get a share that would be great! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 4:27pm
  12. On the upcoming Ballot Question #6…There exists a separation of church and state. What are your opinions about calling it “Civil Matrimony” vs “Same-Sex Marriage” or even simply substituting to the word “Marriage” for “Matrimony” and did you make similar suggestions?

    Best Regards,
    One thing that is truly interesting about the same-sex marriage issue is that there is no balance in solution focused reason.
    My name is Elihu Eli El. If a group requests to use my name in order to create the Annual Elihu Eli El Community Block Party, I would ask for the agenda and likely give the group permission to use my name. The schedule of events could include the following, for example:
    Face painting
    Spoken Word, etc.

    If two years later, the same group decides to include a great outdoor food-fight to the Block Party that was named after me. I don’t support it, because massive food-fights waste food and money that could be used for the less fortunate. They have deviated from what I would approve. “Stop using my name for this event and change the name of your event”.

    Well, the institution of the church has allowed states to use the word “marriage” because the agenda received approval many years ago. Now that the states agenda has changed…the institution of the church is now saying – “Stop using my name for this event and change the name of your event”.
    In our case, “civil matrimony” should be declared for both sexual orientation and that is the common-sense solution.

    Marriage originated as a religious term. Before Christ walked this Earth, there was God. I bet you that no Maryland State Delegate will call it same-sex Ketubah, but they will call it same-sex Marriage. They are simply no repercussions from calling it same-sex Marriage…just political allies and under-the-table kickbacks.
    Same-sex matrimony vs same-sex marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 4:33pm
  13. Marriage is NOT in the bible. It started out as a contract. If two people want to get married it’s called marriage. That’s it. Equality means equal.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:33pm