NEW YORK —Freedom to Marry announced this week that its investment in three statewide ballot battles for same-sex marriage has topped $3 million.
With its most recent $500,000 donation to ballot campaigns advocating for same-sex couples in Maine, Minnesota and Washington, Freedom to Marry says it has reached its initial 2012 goal, and says it will now work to assist in raising an additional $10 million needed by the three campaigns.
Earlier this year, the Washington Blade reported that Freedom to Marry would not be involved in the effort to fight a ballot initiative attacking the new same-sex marriage law in Maryland this year, citing negative polling numbers. More recent polls show majority support for retaining the Maryland law. The group also confronted criticism for its lack of involvement in a ballot battle in North Carolina earlier this year that was lost by advocates against constitutionally barring same-sex marriage.