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Initial post: Jul 27, 2012 8:13:33 AM PDT
According to Yahoo, Bezos, Amazon founder and president, just donated 2.5 million to support gay marriage in Washington.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:15:11 AM PDT
Nanciejeanne says:
dang....must be nice to have that loud of a voice. At least it is a different voice than we usually hear though! Sorry Koch Bros.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:35:22 AM PDT
Clown Loach says:
Does he have a dog in this fight? I have no position but do wonder if the $$$ coould serve a better purpoose with all the people hurting in this economy?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:35:36 AM PDT
So Jeff believes in equal-rights for ALL Americans? How dare he!

I may put my Prime back to auto-renewal, Amazon you rock!

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:39:31 AM PDT
Thank you mr. Bezos. You just gave me a nice excuse to buy a few albums.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:41:35 AM PDT
Fabizzle says:
We all have a dog in this fight. In his case, check out the makeup of his 50,000+ workforce. Or maybe he just feels like it's the right thing to do. You don't think same-sex couples who don't qualify for benefits are hurting in this economy?

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:43:35 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:48:23 AM PDT
Clown Loach says:
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Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:49:04 AM PDT
colleen says:
What a generous donation to a worthy cause! Makes me feel good about supporting Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:53:49 AM PDT
Fabizzle says:
Their marriages being as legitimate as a "traditional" marriage would do that for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:57:13 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:57:38 AM PDT
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Peregrinn says:
I am pleased with Bezos' suppport for this cause. Here is more information.

Amazon's Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country. With the gift, the couple have doubled the money available to the proponents of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by affirming a law that passed the Legislature this year. Courts or lawmakers have declared gay marriage legal in six other states, but backers of such measures have never succeeded at the ballot box. Proponents of the effort in Washington State called it a game-changing gift that gives them a fighting chance in November. "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.

Mr. Bezos, who founded Amazon.com in 1994 in Seattle and remains its president, now tops a growing list of heterosexual business executives who are replacing wealthy gay people as the some of the biggest donors to the movement behind same-sex marriage and equality for gay men and lesbians. Bill Gates and Steven A. Ballmer of Microsoft each gave $100,000 to the referendum campaign, according to its officials.

But with the seven-figure gift, Mr. Bezos - a famously private executive who runs a $48 billion-a-year retail empire - has now set the bar even higher. The Bezoses have made the donation as the gay rights movement is encountering both setbacks and achievements. In May, President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, saying that after a long evolution he had concluded that "same-sex couples should be able to get married." But the push for marriage rights across the country has repeatedly run into well-financed, well-organized opposition. There have been 32 ballot measures that would have legalized or banned same-sex marriage. Opponents of gay marriage have won in all 32, according to Mr. Silk. That opposition has mobilized in Washington State. The Web site of the group Preserve Marriage Washington says that "the definition of marriage in Washington is under attack" and argues that "if this law goes unchallenged, voters would have no say and marriage would be changed for every person in our state from being the union of one man and one woman to being a genderless institution."

Same-sex marriage was legalized by Washington's Legislature in February after a concerted push by Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. But opponents collected enough signatures to put the legislation to the voters. Those opposed to Referendum 74 have said they intend to raise as much as $4 million to defeat it and overturn the legislation. Backers of the law have pledged to raise at least $8 million, and had raised about $2.5 million before the gift by Mr. Bezos and his wife. The Bezoses declined through a public relations representative to be interviewed. But officials of Washington United for Marriage said the size of the gift was stunning. Mr. Bezos was approached via e-mail on Sunday by Jennifer Cast, one of Amazon's earliest employees and a lesbian mother of four children who is now a fund-raising chairwoman of the pro-referendum effort. In her e-mail, sent Sunday evening, Ms. Cast, 50, implored Mr. Bezos to understand the importance of the issue to her and her longtime partner. "I want to have the right to marry the love of my life and to let my children and grandchildren know their family is honored like a `real' family," Ms. Cast wrote. "We need help from straight people. To be very frank, we need help from wealthy straight people who care about us and who want to help us win." In an interview on Thursday night, Ms. Cast said she had no idea how Mr. Bezos would respond. Though she had worked closely with him when Amazon had only a few dozen employees, she left the company in 2001 and said she had never talked about same-sex marriage with him. "We were chatting about the biz. We weren't chatting about our lives," she said, recalling her time at the company. "I never, ever in my life talked to him about gay marriage." In the e-mail, Ms. Cast described in detail the pain she endured as a young adult and the difficulties she faced publicly acknowledging her sexuality. At the end, she pointedly asked him to donate between $100,000 and $200,000 to the referendum cause. "Jeff, I suspect you support marriage equality," she wrote. "I beg you not to sit on the sidelines and hope the vote goes our way. Help us make it so." She hit "send" and waited. Two days later, on Tuesday, she received a reply while in a car with her family. Recalling that moment, she said she had to read it out loud twice to make sure she had read it right. "Jen," the e-mail said, "this is right for so many reasons. We're in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie."

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/amazons-founder-pledges-2-5-million-in-support-of-same-sex-marriage/?smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 8:57:42 AM PDT
Ok, so who should he help? Please be specific.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:58:50 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:01:39 AM PDT
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Nanciejeanne says:
using their own money against them...niiice! (even if the product means something else...there is plenty of other anti-stuff here.)

(sorta like how we are furthering political agendas pretty much unknowingly when we buy papertowels or laundry detergent...glad to see there isn't just one team at the game.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:05:58 AM PDT
Rando says:
Does Bezos have a Dog in this fight?
Bezo's Dog is Gay!

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Posted on Jul 27, 2012 9:08:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2012 9:09:46 AM PDT
SLAYER® says:
but you can't use the word f_ _ here even if it does refer to a cigarette butt.
that is so wrong.
censorship at it's finest

I threw my f_ _ on the ground

I threw my cigarette butt on the ground.
wasted typing when you can use shorter words.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:08:42 AM PDT
Fabizzle says:
There's plenty of stuff here, anti- and pro-. Bezos is, among many things, a retailer. He sells stuff. If he pick and chooses he gets accused of censorship. Which way does he go when there is no moral high ground? Giving money to what he feels is a worthy cause is a start, and folks who think his stand is inappropriate can go eat a Chick-fil-A with some Boy Scouts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:10:42 AM PDT
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Fabizzle says:
That their moderating software can't define context? Yeah, so wrong. When people are using that f__ word, in which context do you think they are using it? If it's for "cigarette" I suppose they could just say it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:15:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:15:42 AM PDT
Nanciejeanne says:
I know...I wasn't saying he shouldn't sell stuff. I just thought it was funny that people will probably get mad at some "liberal agenda" but don't even KNOW about all the "conservative" ones we all fund every single day.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 9:17:40 AM PDT
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