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Bill and Melinda Gates make contribution for gay marriage

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October 23, 2012 -

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington residents, Bill and Melinda Gates, have donated $500,000 in support of gay marriage, contributing to the campaign to uphold the state's gay marriage law.

Washington United for Marriage, the group working to approve referendum 74, announced the donation on Tuesday. The donation was made on Oct. 15th, but didn't publicly post online with the Public Disclosure Commission until the 23rd. Bill Gates had made a $100,000 contribution to the campaign earlier this year.   

Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law allowing same-sex marriage that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  

About $11 million has been spent on the campaign so far, with a bulk of it spent by gay marriage supporters. Washington United for Marriage has far outraised its opponents, bringing in nearly $11 million compared to the $2 million raised so far by Preserve Marriage Washington, which opposes the law.