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Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Both Donate $100K To Washington Marriage Fight

GatesBallmerMicrosoft executives Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer are using their respective fortunes to help defeat an anti-gay marriage referendum in Washington State.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer are each donating $100,000 to support the campaign to uphold Washington state's new gay marriage law, according to The Associated Press.

That law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in February, faces a referendum vote in November.

The AP cites Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, who says the checks were cut on Friday and are being reported to the state Public Disclosure Commission Monday afternoon.

There's good reason to expect a win for equality in November: 51% of voters told Public Policy Polling they support same-sex marriage. Only 42% said they oppose it.

(h/t JMG)

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  1. @DAVE I beg to differ. The "Bradley effect" pertains not only to the undecided, but also to people claiming they are going to vote in favor of someone or something because they think that is what the pollster wants to hear. So 51% almost surely means less than 50%, although how much less is hard to say.

    Any way you slice it, this looks very bad, particularly since turnout among the young that supported Obama in droves 4 years ago is likely to be down this year, given their diminished enthusiasm for him.....and the young constitute a large proportion of that 51%.

    Just calling it like I see it.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 11:55:17 AM


  2. They've always been very pro-gay at MS, largely because Bill Gates noticed how horrible work conditions were over at Apple and how it was affecting morale back in the early 80's.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 3, 2012 11:55:26 AM


  3. God Bless Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, they are for freedom and equal rights, the correct side to be on. I hope the African Americans know that after all of their years of slavery and oppression in Jim Crow America.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2012 2:40:16 PM


  4. RICK - I don't know about hating men but gay guys in my experience are definitely among the most shallow, tempermental, sex obsessed nitwits I have ever encountered. I know many, however, who are healthy and contributing people. Generalizations are hard, if I hung out with truckers I'd no doubt find a lot of them far below par as well.

    What I really love are gay men who have distinguished themselves in the world on the world's terms. Do you know about Jay Keasling? A perfect example - gay guy from Nebraska inventing gas from switchgrass, high profile sweetheart, raising two adopted boys, see short piece on him from NOVA. Big hero of mine.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 3, 2012 8:56:06 PM


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