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Jeff Bezos Gives $2.5 Million To Back Same-Sex Marriage In Washington

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Jeff Bezos Gives $2.5 Million To Back Same-Sex Marriage In Washington
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In February, the Washington State legislature passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. That bill had the backing of the Democratic Governor, Christine Gregoire.

But opponents of same sex marriage garnered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in November, and now the people of Washington will decide the fate of marriage equality in their state. And today, we learn that proponents of same-sex marriage in Washington will have a substantially larger amount of cash at their disposal, thanks to Jeff Bezos.

Yes, that Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder and his wife has officially pledged $2.5 million to support same-sex marriage in Washington – as voters will decide its fate via Referendum 74 in November.

According to the New York Times, this $2.5 million donation not only doubles the cash flow of same-sex marriage activists in the state, but also makes Bezos and his wife MacKenzie one of the biggest monetary supporters of marriage equality in the whole country.

Bezos isn’t the only high-profile tech head to give money to this Referendum campaign, but he is the most generous. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer each gave $100,000.

Here’s exactly what the voters in Washington will be deciding on in November:

This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony.

The bill that sparked the Referendum, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239, also converts all current “domestic partnerships” into marriages after 2014 – except for seniors.

The group that snagged the signatures and prompted the Referendum calls themselves Preserve Marriage Washington, who says,

For thousands of years, marriage between one man and one woman has proven to be the cornerstone of our society. Thirty-two other states have already voted to preserve marriage—November 6 is our opportunity to do the same. Since same-sex couples already enjoy all the benefits of marriage in Washington—and same-sex marriage would grant no new rights whatsoever—it’s clear that the other side’s intent in this battle is to reinvent the family and make marriage a genderless institution.

Apparently, Mr. Bezos disagrees.

Bezos is known for his interesting investments. When he’s not giving money to social causes, his fortune is spent on a personal space shuttle and a giant 10,000-year clock.

Jeff Bezos Gives $2.5 Million To Back Same-Sex Marriage In Washington
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  • Tom Truthteller

    I’ve spent tens of thousands with Amazon and am an Amazon affiliate and have produce thousands more. If Bezos wants to join Gates and show their utter disrespect for people of faith, then I can take my business elsewhere………..starting today. I just made a $600 purchase that was slated for Amazon with another retailer. People like Bezos and Gates and the people who run JC Penney and Target think that the majority of their customers are same-sex marriage supporters and to hell with the rest. They believe in political correctness, and apparently because they don’t have a personal faith in a Creator, they cast their businesses into a cultural debate confident that it will have no impact. I would say to look at JC Penney’s stock price as an example. People of faith don’t hate gays and lesbians, but we do follow a faith that says that God gave humans free will. There are good decisions and bad ones and some disappoint God. In order to be politically correct, Christians and members of other faiths who believe in traditional marriage, are not going to throw their faith in the toilet in order to jump on the bandwagon that makes the false claim that this is about “equality.” It isn’t. Marriage is a sacred union that was created by God. It has a strong role in the creation of the next generation of people in a balanced environment that has been proven to work the best. Why people who understand this have to be forcefed by people who would throw half the American public under a bus at a moments notice to appease a minority who have made a lifestyle decision that is at odds with the natural order of things is beyond me.

  • http://how2keepwell.com Trevor Twine M.A.

    Same Sex Marriage.

    Sad! Sad! Sad! We have some ten trillion neuron cells of which we use about 10 %. Thus some 90% of our spiritual value is useless. A farmer with thousands of acres of land only able to plant inside 10 paces all around himself.
    Why are we all as babies spiritually still crawling?
    Take note of whom we have placed to be in charge of our spirituality.
    No structured education, the leaders have denied women to lead us spiritually. They have given us a single platform to our enormous fund of spiritual power. Worse they have gone completely against the strength of mother nature’s thrust for creation.
    The main platform they stand upon is recruitment.
    Their rank-file workers are denied any kind of family life any possibility of learning family comfort and harmony.
    Their history is a mess of persecution and total absence of help-support for those persecuted in need of succor.
    By their stupid edicts in claiming that a man-woman born with a nature fault line has a disease and can cure them selves. Causing god-fearing people to persecute the afflicted. Causing a group of normal men/women to feel totally ostracized from society.
    My view is this! In order to progress to any kind of normal Spiritual development we must demand that our spiritual leaders have an education in line with development. That all edicts by Religion by leaders of the church must have the equal vote of a man-woman. The Men have had 3 million years and just look at the mess we are in. Of course same sex connection must be permitted.
    It may have any title because love like the smell of the rose true love is same-same by any name.
    Ray Trevor Twine M.A. Behaviour Psychologist
    The NLP Pavilion Thailand

  • http://webpronews Susan Swearingen

    I will miss Amazon and my kindle, but I will survive. I can make the change to Barnes and Noble’s Nook right away. I will also make new plans for my Christmas buying.

    Sorry it worked out this way, but I can no longer support this organization.

    • http://www.informative-works.info Michael

      How it effects me is simple. Marriage is a religious sacrament. It’s the union between a man and a woman to form a family. It’s different than other unions like the one you mentioned and those with multiple partners.

      This isn’t a debate between equality. As most summarize, there is absolutely no different rights garnered from marriage over a Civil Domestic Partnership. This is about preserving a way of life that has existed for thousands of years (or more) in many families.

      The root of this argument is purely over terminology. Those that support same sex, “marriage,” want it to be called marriage, rather than a Civil Domestic Partnership. In contrast, many want to preserve marriage.

      Where the true divide occurs is in unions performed by the Government. There is inequality in terminology because heterosexual couples that get, “Married at City Hall,” call their union a marriage while homosexuals get a, “Civil Domestic Partnership”. This was not the way it was years ago.

      The obvious solution to make all people happy, is to call all unions that occur at, “City Hall,” a Civil Domestic Partnership. The solution is not to redefine one of the most profound religious sacraments.

      Their faith pursues preserving the traditional family and the union of marriage. After all, don’t you see the two obvious differences between the union of a man and a woman and a woman and woman or man and man?

      I never in my life heard that interracial couples were an abomination of god. It seems to me you are stretching to demonize Christians collectively. Maybe there was a radical preacher in your community.

      I think there are negative social amplifications seen in people that pursue an interracial relationship. The children I grew-up with, that came from an interracial couple had identity issues. One of their children, that was my age, once reached-out to me. He explained, “He didn’t know if he was white or black”. He had an identity issue.

      • gava

        Good riddance!

    • http://www.informative-works.info Michael

      Sorry Susan, I pressed the wrong reply button.

  • Dr D

    Well, for those who are looking to boycott Amazon and eat at Chick-fil-a to follow your hate, go right ahead. I think I am going to enjoy my amazon a whole lot more than those soggy chicken pieces.

    I know there are those who don’t believe in gay marriage. It is their right. However, it is not their right to take away someone else’s right? What if Jews decided that pork and shellfish should be outlawed? There are still people who follows religious beliefs that all minorities are children of the devil. If they had their way, all minorities would be locked up and executed.

    What I truly don’t understand is: How does gay marriage affect you? Really? How? To me, it is hate veiled by the same “Christian” reasons that argued that interracial couples were abominations against God. I am a Christian and I do believe in a God. I believe God stands by love not the hate these “Christians” profess.

    • http://www.informative-works.info Michael

      How it effects me is simple. Marriage is a religious sacrament. It’s the union between a man and a woman to form a family. It’s different than other unions like the one you mentioned and those with multiple partners.

      This isn’t a debate between equality. As most summarize, there is absolutely no different rights garnered from marriage over a Civil Domestic Partnership. This is about preserving a way of life that has existed for thousands of years (or more) in many families.

      The root of this argument is purely over terminology. Those that support same sex, “marriage,” want it to be called marriage, rather than a Civil Domestic Partnership. In contrast, many want to preserve marriage.

      Where the true divide occurs is in unions performed by the Government. There is inequality in terminology because heterosexual couples that get, “Married at City Hall,” call their union a marriage while homosexuals get a, “Civil Domestic Partnership”. This was not the way it was years ago.

      The obvious solution to make all people happy, is to call all unions that occur at, “City Hall,” a Civil Domestic Partnership. The solution is not to redefine one of the most profound religious sacraments.

      Their faith pursues preserving the traditional family and the union of marriage. After all, don’t you see the two obvious differences between the union of a man and a woman and a woman and woman or man and man?

      I never in my life heard that interracial couples were an abomination of god. It seems to me you are stretching to demonize Christians collectively. Maybe there was a radical preacher in your community.

      I think there are negative social amplifications seen in people that pursue an interracial relationship. The children I grew-up with, that came from an interracial couple had identity issues. One of their children, that was my age, once reached-out to me. He explained, “He didn’t know if he was white or black”. He had an identity issue.

      • http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com JRTomlin

        If you didn’t know that at one time interracial marriage was condemned AND was illegal, then you need to educate yourself more before you open your mouth.

        The difference is that marriage gives benefits which a “domestic partnership”, which is basically a made up meaningless term, do not. In fact there is a federal law, DOMA, which guarantees that. Domestic partners don’t get the same tax benefits, they don’t get the same inheritance rights, they don’t get Social Security benefits. With a “domestic partnership” we are given second class citizen status.

        Good for Bezos for putting his money behind equality. He knew he would lose the bisness of a few

  • Eric

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    When are these nutjob retailers going to realize that straddling the fence on these issues alienates NO ONE, whereas jumping on a bandwagon gets you boycotted?
    It’s all about your business making money, Bezos. Not about your own idology.

    Keep your head down, sell stuff, and STFU about social issues.

  • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

    I’m for liberty, equal rights under the law and basically a technocrat, but whatever name one applies to a given legal relationship, if there is already the exact same rights available under ‘domestic partnership’ laws, which it seems there are considering the one will automatically be converted to the other, is this about rights or nothing more than trying to change the definition of a word?

  • http://www.dentaldepartures.com Jonathan

    Last I checked people are able to put their money where their mouth is. If an owner wants to support something that creates inclusion good for him.

    If an owner wants to be exclusionary good for him.

    I give my money to those who accept all people regardless of personal preferences. Good for Bezos.

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