Amazon Founder Backs Gay Marriage

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos addresses a press conference to introduce new Amazon and Kindle products in New York, September 28, 2011. Bezos introduced a line of four new Kindle products, the Kindle Fire tablet, the Kindle Touch 3G, the Kindle Touch and a new lighter and smaller Kindle. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In Washington state, marriage equality supporters scored one of their biggest victories yet on Friday. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, said he will give $2.5 million to help pass the state's upcoming Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by affirming an already-passed bill in the state's legislature. Bezos follows (and greatly exceeds) Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, who each gave $100,000. Reportedly, he was inspired to give by longtime friend and colleague Jennifer Cast, a lesbian mother and one of Amazon's first employees. Opponents of Referendum 74 plan to raise as much as $4 million. 

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