Jeff and McKenzie Bezos donated $2.5 million to Washington United for Marriage, which now has a reported $5 million in its coffers. It is believed that the donation came as a result of an email that was sent to the company from former senior Amazon manager Jennifer Cast, a lesbian, who now volunteers with Washington United for Marriage.
“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,” she wrote to the couple in the email.
“We think that it’s the largest [donation] ever,” stated Andy Grow, a spokesman for the homosexual organization.
OneNewsNow reports that the donation follows a contribution given last month by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballman and co-founder Bill Gates of $100,000 each.
Washington United for Marriage is pushing to uphold a law that was passed in the state legislature earlier this year and signed by Governor Chris Gregoire which “legalized” homosexual “marriage.” The law was to go into effect in June, but was stalled after the organization Preserve Marriage Washington garnered 240,000 signatures to place an initiative on the ballot allowing voters to decide whether the law should be upheld or repealed.
The initiative, called Referendum 74, will be decided in November during the presidential election.
Public opinion regarding homosexual marriage is split in the state according to a poll recently conducted by Public Policy Polling. A reported 51 percent of registered voters supported homosexual “marriage,” 42 percent upheld Biblical marriage and 7 percent stated that they were undecided about the matter.
Preserve Marriage Washington posted a call on its website for Christians to escalate its efforts to support Biblical marriage following the announcement of the Bezos’ donation .
“Let’s make sure we are the ones who determine what our children need—not a few people with a lot of money. If activists have their way in Washington, marriage will be a genderless institution, and our children and grandchildren will be the ones who suffer,” wrote chairman Joseph Backholm. “Let’s send a message loud and clear that the people of Washington want to preserve marriage, and we will stand together to halt the effort to redefine the family and remake the institution of marriage.”
The group says that it is seeking donations and accepting applications for volunteer assistance as it had $253,000 in available funds by press time.
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