Founder of Amazon & Wife to Donate $2.5 Million to Pass Gay Marriage in Washington

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, arriving at Allen & Company’s conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News image via NYTimes.

The founder of Amazon.com and his wife have agreed to donate $2.5 million to pass the same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State. With this donation, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have become the largest financial backers of gay and lesbian marriage in the country. The donation more than doubles what the proponents of the November Referendum 74 have. “To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, said Thursday in an interview. [NYT]

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