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Washington's Marriage Equality Fundraising Leaves Opponents In The Dust

WashingtonSignWashington United for Marriage, the group hoping to uphold a law legalizing same-sex nuptials there, announced today that they've raised nearly one million for their equality fight.

According to campaign filings, Washington United raked in $952,000 in the month of June. $200,000 of that came from Microsoft bigwigs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

This latest haul brings their total fundraising to about $2 million, leaving anti-gay opponents in the dust:

As of Monday, Washington United for Marriage said it had raised more than $2 million for the campaign to fight back attempts to overturn the law. Preserve Marriage Washington has raised more than $135,000, according to the most recent numbers with the Public Disclosure Commission, though the money race is expected to heat up significantly in the coming months.

Phone and email messages left with Preserve Marriage Washington, the group behind the referendum seeking to overturn the law, were not immediately returned Monday.

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  1. More money means nothing, the message matters.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jul 9, 2012 3:32:28 PM


  2. The catholic church has yet to drop their contributions on PMW and they usually spend a fortune on this issue.

    Posted by: lk | Jul 9, 2012 3:32:42 PM


  3. Yes, fundraising is important but never forget that when you put our rights up for a vote, we will lose.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jul 9, 2012 3:42:16 PM


  4. Money aside, the Catholic Church has a built-in audience they can harangue every Sunday for weeks leading up to the election. And that wears down the mushy middle who then break against us.

    Posted by: BGKev | Jul 9, 2012 3:45:09 PM


  5. What happened to the rabbi post?

    Posted by: Questioning | Jul 9, 2012 3:47:36 PM


  6. Fear of the unknown and imaginary is significantly less expensive to buy than reality...

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jul 9, 2012 3:51:39 PM


  7. A missing rabbi?

    Posted by: melvin | Jul 9, 2012 4:00:37 PM


  8. Please OMM and all other haters out there - Boycott Microsoft!!!

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 9, 2012 4:07:24 PM


  9. I have to say I agree with some of the posts above. While it's great news that we've raised more money than the other side, remember that we also raised more money than the homophobes in California in 2008, including big donations and endorsements for our side from major corporations.

    What the other side lacks in money, it compensates for with nearly 2,000 years of relentless anti-gay bigotry in Christendom and a willingness to use dishonest and hate-filled rhetoric. That's been enough to beat us in every state where marriage equality has gone to a vote.

    Posted by: AJD | Jul 9, 2012 4:08:45 PM


  10. I have to say I agree with some of the posts above. While it's great news that we've raised more money than the other side, remember that we also raised more money than the homophobes in California in 2008, including big donations and endorsements for our side from major corporations.

    What the other side lacks in money, it compensates for with nearly 2,000 years of relentless anti-gay bigotry in Christendom and a willingness to use dishonest and hate-filled rhetoric. That's been enough to beat us in every state where marriage equality has gone to a vote.

    Posted by: AJD | Jul 9, 2012 4:08:58 PM


  11. It's not money or fundraising that wins such elections, but door-to-door canvasing by loving couples talking to their neighbors and friends explaining why equality is so important and the benefits it has to everyone (whether straight or gay). Then, it's picking people up, getting them to the polls to vote, and reminding those who want to vote but aren't registered, to get registered to vote now. As others have mentioned, here in California we outspent our opponents, and they still won. You need to get beyond the coastal mountains and in to the inland areas if you have any hope of winning this election.

    Posted by: Keith | Jul 9, 2012 4:21:42 PM


  12. Keith is absolutely right.

    Marriage equality is a deeply important issue to most of us, but it's pretty much off the radar for many voters, so when the time comes to vote on it, either they don't vote at all or they're led to believe by our enemies (I don't use the term "opponents" to describe those who want to destroy us) that legalizing same-sex marriage represents such a radical change that it's best to just keep it illegal.

    Posted by: AJD | Jul 9, 2012 4:28:07 PM


  13. With the popehead and bishopricks pushing hard on catholic Washington residents, and the morholes working out of their 56 stakes -- there is going to be a BIG push.
    Every Gay friendly person should be talking up the issue, as a majority of WA residents are fairminded, and must be convinced to vote to keep equality.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 9, 2012 4:43:05 PM


  14. For those who saying "big money" from the Catholic Church and "captive audience" each Sunday, you forget previous blog posts on Towleroad where most priests refused to participate in the signature collection, they marched in Seattle Pride Parade, etc. Look up Raymond Hunthausen, and you'll see why priests in Washington State don't get pushed around by the Vatican.

    Posted by: Chuck In Seattle | Jul 9, 2012 4:45:10 PM


  15. Big deal. The Catholic and Mormon money generating machines haven't kicked into motion yet and NOM hasn't thrown their tens of millions into the ring.

    And no amount of money will make a difference if our side doesn't figure out how to effectively counter the avalanche of lies, fears and distortions that the opposition will soon unleash.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 9, 2012 4:54:10 PM


  16. In the US it's been proved time and time again that whoever has the most money wins. This basically means we are having to BUY our legal rights. What a broken system !

    This fundraising is great news particularly as we are having such a hard time keeping up with the big money the Republicans are getting from oil & big business ready for the general election.

    Remember people - all of this individual states progress is great but if we end up with Romney winning the election all of this progress will be reversed. He has promised to do so.

    PLEASE consider giving money to the Obama campaign. Do you REALLY want another idiot like Bush in the Whitehouse for 4 years ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 9, 2012 5:13:14 PM


  17. Chuck in Seattle: a few priests refused to obey the Bishop's directive, not "most." In addition, the fundraising totals do not count the "in kind" contributions of the churches. So we really haven't out raised them in funding, we just reported our funds more honestly than they do.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 9, 2012 6:01:34 PM


  18. Chuck is dangerously wrong, Jay is correct.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 9, 2012 6:17:35 PM


  19. Just wait until NOM throws its propaganda machine into high gear. Our poor, defenseless, cowardly advocacy groups are too afraid to confront the lies. Until they do, the odds are we continue to lose. The fear and confusion the anti-gay media geniuses are able to arouse in the undecideds crush our side's anemic message, "please, sir, don't beat on us any more, we don't deserve to be beaten on." And I'm betting they don't even have a plan on countering the phony Regnerus study that NOM paid for and is sure to use in their media blitz. "Major study shows children of gays are at greater risk," is a soundbite that will be devastating.

    If our advocacy groups can't pull off victories in Maine and Washington, there's going to have to be a major overhaul of the entire movement.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jul 9, 2012 7:32:54 PM


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