Bill and Melinda Gates Make $500,000 Gift to Approve Referendum 74

Washington United for Marriage, the broad coalition working to approve Referendum 74, announced that Bill and Melinda Gates have made a $500,000 donation to the effort to defend the state’s bipartisan marriage law.

“Bill and Melinda Gates made a second contribution to the Referendum 74 campaign because they support marriage equality and believe the law is good for Washington state,” said a family spokesperson.

“This is just such an incredible gift and comes at a time when we’re seeing significant national money flow to our opponents,” said WUM campaign chair Lacey All.  “This is not the first time the Gates have made an investment in our campaign, and it’s a testament to the confidence they have in our ability to make history on November 6th.”

Gates had previously made a $100,000 contribution to WUM on June 29th.