Gateses give $500,000 in support of gay marriage

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OLYMPIA — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's gay marriage law.

The donation was announced today by Washington United for Marriage, which is working to get Referendum 74 approved. The donation was made Oct. 15, but didn't publicly post online with the Public Disclosure Commission until today. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law allowing same-sex marriage that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year.

Bill Gates had made a $100,000 contribution to the campaign earlier this year.

Washington United for Marriage has far outraised its opponents, bringing in nearly $11 million compared to the more than $2 million raised so far by Preserve Marriage Washington, which opposes the law.