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Bill Gates Gives $500K to Washington State Marriage Equality Fight

Bill and Melinda Gates have given half a million dollars to the battle to approve Referendum 74, the ballot measure that would put the state's legislatively-passed marriage equality law into effect, the AP reports:

GatesThe donation was announced Tuesday by Washington United for Marriage, which is working to approve Referendum 74. The donation was made on Oct. 15, but didn't publicly post online with the Public Disclosure Commission until Tuesday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law allowing same-sex marriage that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year.

Bill Gates had made a $100,000 contribution to the campaign earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the bigoted Vermont innkeepers Jim and Mary O'Reilly, who appeared in an anti-gay marriage ad for Maine which came out this week, are now also appearing in a reject R-74 ad.

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  1. Thanks, Bill. No surprise to me that just about all the money supporting the campaigns in favor of same-sex marriage has been contributed by straight, white males rather than by women (including pop music and Hollywood "divas"), racial minorities, or gay people, themselves.

    No surprise whatsoever.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 23, 2012 1:44:15 PM

  2. This is just like when I was having a threesome with my dad and grandfather and I pooped on the floor.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 23, 2012 1:50:25 PM

  3. would be great if he'd throw a little to the three M's! they could use more too

    Posted by: Aaron M | Oct 23, 2012 1:54:14 PM

  4. alright Ricky Lake, let me tell you a secret. Bill was the one that donated the earlier 100k, but it was Melinda who held sex in hostage to coerce Bill to split another 500k.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Oct 23, 2012 1:54:20 PM

  5. and I love them both.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Oct 23, 2012 1:54:55 PM

  6. Awesome! Let the boycotts begin!! Please!! Hurry!! Haters stop using Microsoft products!! Now!! (And Apple too)

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 23, 2012 1:56:15 PM

  7. Such great news. Bill Gates does a lot for his home state (and the rest of the world too).

    Posted by: James | Oct 23, 2012 3:17:29 PM

  8. Gates knows what needs to be done to hire and keep the sizable number of good gay computer geeks Microsoft et al. need.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 23, 2012 3:33:18 PM

  9. And the vile and evil Apple is headed by whom, a gay man? Not one penny from .....?

    "Tim Cook received shares worth $445,000,000:"

    FU very much from all those suicided workers from sweatshops, too!

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Oct 23, 2012 3:34:15 PM

  10. Uh, it's the Bill AND Melinda Gates Foundation. Funny how Rick overlooks that fact to support his misogyny.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 23, 2012 3:41:28 PM

  11. @Rick: you have a fair point. I agree this is how you do charity. You contribute for the sake of goodwill's only, not to make a freaking publicity about it. You give your money, be quiet and move on with your life, you don't brag about it on Twitter. I find it's so funny when these celebrities thinks their "images and fame" are enough to make a difference. Maybe not all of them, but God knows who truly has a good heart and who's just a publicity whore.

    Posted by: jeremy | Oct 23, 2012 4:03:46 PM

  12. I don't think "God knowing" makes much of a massive societal impact, Jeremy.

    you see "publicity whores" - others see Visible and Known People who choose to take a known, public, identifiable stand and statement for being on the right side of progressive history.

    i don't see much use to quietly giving money. in case you hadn't noticed, silence is the enemy.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 23, 2012 4:11:13 PM

  13. "@Rick: you have a fair point."

    No, he doesn't, Jeremy. He never has a fair point.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 23, 2012 4:20:15 PM

  14. Doesn't Washington vote ENTIRELY by mail? How much good will this do two weeks from the election in such a state? Why did he wait so late to donate this money?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 23, 2012 4:45:05 PM

  15. @Kiwi: "visible, well-known" people? Oh you mean people like Kim Kardashian, Snookie, Lindsay Lohan or the Real Housewives (and some of the big names that I wouldn't like to mention)? I'm sorry but do you really think their opinions would make an impact on our movements? For me, they are just some drugged-up, obnoxious, air-headed people who instead of donating some money to LGBT charities, decided to pose for that "No H8" campaign. There goes their "contribution". I mean, while watching that stupid "Keeping up with the Kardashians", do you really think these people knows what the hell they are talking about? I just cannot eat whatever these celebrities feed in my mouth.

    Posted by: jeremy | Oct 23, 2012 7:23:49 PM

  16. So, THAT would explain RICK'S absence lately...apparently he has been so busy auditing campaign financial records to get us the real scoop! He has determined that it is mainly rich, white men who have been donating to equality causes. Women, effeminate gay men and minorities are all against us!

    Honestly Rick you come across that weird, windbag of a neighbor that everyone stays away from because he spouts off like he knows "the facts and the real truth" when in reality he knows nothing.

    What a pathetic joke of a sad, sad troll.

    Expect Jason to pipe in his agreement of Rick in 3..2..1 (since they are the same person)

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 23, 2012 9:11:57 PM

  17. Maybe Trump should take lessons on how real rich people should act. Thank you to the Gates'.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Oct 25, 2012 2:25:54 PM

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