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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Bill and Melinda Gates donate $500K to gay marriage campaign

Bill and Melinda Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $500,000 to the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

The contribution – $250,000 from each of the Gateses – comes with two weeks left in the campaign season and is in addition to $100,000 that Bill Gates donated to Washington United for Marriage in June.

The donation brings the amount the campaign has raised to just under $11 million, according to records filed with the Public Disclosure Commission.

Washington voters are being asked to either approve or reject gay marriage through Referendum 74, which appears on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Most Washingtonians have already received their ballots in the mail and some have already mailed them in.

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