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Friday, July 27, 2012

Jeff Bezos Dumps $2.5 Million into WA State's Marriage Equality Campaign

Posted by Dan Savage on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM


Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of, 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.... 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... 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.”

First things first: a HUGE thank you to Jeff and MacKenzie—WOW—and a huge thank you to Jennifer Cast for making the ask.

Second things second: the haters are already boycotting Oreos, JCPenneys, Starbucks, Home Depot, Google, Microscoft, Ford, Pepsi, Target, General Mills, and I can't remember who else. And now they gotta boycott Amazon too. Might as well get it over with, haters, and get your bigoted off the grid and just start livin' off the land already.

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