Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and his wife MacKenzie have given $2.5 million to help fund the efforts to legalise gay marriage in Washington.
He joins Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and companies including Starbucks and Nike who have already supported the campaign to uphold Washington’s law.
The Washington United for Marriage group said this was the largest individual gift ever given to ‘secure or protect the freedom to marry’. This generous donation should help significantly in the run-up to the referendum on gay marriage in Washington, set to take place in November this year.
Marc Solomon, the national campaign manager for Freedom to Marry, a New York-based group that advocates for same-sex marriage, issued a statement saying; ‘When you have some of the mainstays of corporate leadership stand up, that’s important. It sends a powerful message about where our society is right now.’
However, the opponents who called for the referendum in the first place by collecting enough signatures to force a vote, have shot back by saying they intend to raise over $4m, to directly combat equal marriage. Also, fast food chain Chick-fil-A have caused a stir by opposing same-sex marriage, for fear that showing support could damage their business.
As So So Gay reported this week, gay marriage has been rejected in every single one of the 32 states that added it to the ballot, although New York was enjoying its first anniversary of equality.