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Bill & Melinda Gates Donate $500,000 toward Marriage Equality in Washington State

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 toward efforts to secure marriage equality in Washington State. The philanthropic couple previously donated $100,000 to Washington United for Marriage in June. According to the campaign, a Gates family spokesperson said of the donation:

“Bill and Melinda Gates made a second contribution to the Referendum 74 campaign because they support marriage equality and believe the law is good for Washington state.”

Washington United campaign chair Lacy All says the investment comes at a critical time: “This is just such an incredible gift and comes at a time when we’re seeing significant national money flow to our opponents. This is not the first time the Gates have made an investment in our campaign, and it’s a testament to the confidence they have in our ability to make history on November 6th.”

Bill & Melinda Gates devote their time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a leading global philanthropic organization driven by the belief that every life has equal value.

HRC is proud to have been a founding member of Washington United for Marriage, the campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington State. You can sign up here to volunteer with HRC to help mobilize supporters of marriage equality in Washington or donate to HRC’s special fund to direct 100 percent of your contribution to Approve Referendum 74.

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