October 30, 2012 at 2:00 am EDT | by Phil Reese
Gates donates $500,000 to Wash. marriage effort
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According to Washington United for Marriage, Bill Gates had previously contributed $100,000. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates, has contributed $500,000 to the effort to preserve a law extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in Washington.

“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,” said a family spokesperson.

According to Washington United for Marriage, Gates had previously contributed $100,000.


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