Amazon Founder Backs Gay Marriage

In Washington state, marriage equality supporters scored one of their biggest victories yet on Friday. Jeff Bezos, the founder of, 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.