The founder and CEO of Microsoft have each donated $100,000 to support Washington state’s marriage equality law that is being challenged by a referendum vote this November.
Checks from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer were delivered to Washington United for Marriage on Friday.
“It’s going to make a tremendous difference,” Zach Silk of Washington United for Marriage said to the Associated Press on Monday. “It’s very important for us to have that broad support from business leaders and companies themselves.”
A marriage equality law was passed and signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, but antigay activists, including the National Organization for Marriage have stepped in to challenge the law. Referendum 74 was certified for the November ballot with 240,000 signatures gathered by antigay groups