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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Pledges $2.5 Million For Same-Sex Marriage
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating $2.5 million to help pass Washington State’s same-sex marriage referendum, after receiving a request from a former Amazon staffer.
The donation, the largest contribution to the cause of marriage equality to date, doubles the coffers of the campaign for Referendum 74Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Pledges $2.5 Million For Same-Sex Marriage which affirms the measure passed by the state legislature last year. (Opponents are looking to repeal the law at the voting booth.)
Bezos made the generous donation after receiving an email on Sunday from Jennifer Cast, an early Amazon hire who is now raising funds to get the referendum passed. Telling Bezos she wanted the right “to marry the love of her life,” Cast framed the situation bluntly: “We need help from straight people. To be very frank, we need help from wealthy straight people who care about us and who want to help us win.”
Cast told The New York Times she wasn’t sure how her old billionaire boss would respond:
In the e-mail, Ms. Cast described in detail the pain she endured as a young adult and the difficulties she faced publicly acknowledging her sexuality. At the end, she pointedly asked him to donate between $100,000 and $200,000 to the referendum cause.
“Jeff, I suspect you support marriage equality,” she wrote. “I beg you not to sit on the sidelines and hope the vote goes our way. Help us make it so.”
She hit “send” and waited.
Two days later, on Tuesday, she received a reply while in a car with her family. Recalling that moment, she said she had to read it out loud twice to make sure she had read it right.
“Jen,” the e-mail said, “this is right for so many reasons. We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”
We’re going to take the money it would cost to buy three Chick-fil-A classic sandwiches and order the last Hunger Games book instead. Not that they need the cash or anything.
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BY: DAN AVERY
ON: JUL 27, 2012
Gay Baby Boomers Waiting for More Apologies
(The Huffington Post)
Amazon.com’s business practices are horrendous, and this changes nothing. Between mistreating workers, avoiding taxes (in the US as well), and undermining local economies, they don’t deserve anyone’s money.
Jul 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm · @Reply · Flag
No. 6 · Michael Bedwell
ELLEN DeGENERES: WHITE COURTESY PHONE!” … “ROSIE O’DONNELL: WHITE COURTESY PHONE!” … “ELTON JOHN: WHITE COURTESY PHONE! [NO, simply singing for OTHER people’s money doesn’t count]!” … “BARBRA STREISAND: YOUR SON ON LINE 1!” … “MADONNA: WHITE COURTESY PHONE!”
Jul 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm · @Reply · Flag
d. We bash and attack someone and each other. Amazon’s work conditions are no worse than any other distribution or manufacturing center. Having worked in them, I’ll tell you having just a fan when it is over 100 degrees outside is not pleasant. If they have A/C, which was posted they do, then that would be wonderful. Even if Amazon did us wrong in the past, they are supporting us now. Mistakes happen, we correct them. They are donating to help us marry those we love. That is worth a small amount of pain that may or may not have been caused in the past. Just like with Target, who made a mistake and then tried to rectify it. We should appreciate that they realize their mistakes and work towards making a better tomorrow for everyone.