Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has made a high-profile endorsement of same-sex marriage, pledging $2.5 million to support a referendum that would make such marriages legal in Washington state.
With the gift, Bezos, who made the pledge with his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, has weighed into the increasingly rancorous debate around the issue, exemplified by the hubbub over the past week around Chick-fil-A, whose CEO, Dan Cathy, recently voiced his support of the "traditional family" and the "Bibical definition of the family unit," though he never addressed same-sex marriage by name.
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The pledge comes as Referendum 74, as it's known, has faced opposition from groups like Preserve Marriage Washington. However, a June poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 51% of Washington voters believed same-sex marriage should be legal compared to 42% who thought it should be illegal.
Bezos is hardly the first tech luminary to take such a stance, however: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and that company's CEO, Steve Ballmer, each pledged $100,000 to fight Referendum 74. Google also announced a plan earlier this month for a global campaign themed "Legalize Love" that pushes for worldwide legalization of same-sex marriage. Facebook also introduced a Timeline feature earlier this month that lets same-sex couples announce their marriage with icons that best reflect the relationship, rather than the traditional bride and groom.
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