OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington's same-sex marriage law.
With the gift, Washington United for Marriage has raised more than $5 million for its referendum campaign.
"It's a game changer for us," said campaign manager Zach Silk in Seattle. "It puts us in unique position to win."
But, his group is still the underdog, he said. In 32 previous elections nationally, same-sex advocates have lost. Silk said he believes the Washington election may be the turning point, thanks in part to the Bezos' donation.
In a Monday, May 7, 2012 file photo, Amazon founder, president and CEO Jeff Bezos and wife Mackenzie Bezos arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, in New York. Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced a gift Friday, July 27, 2012 of $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington's same-sex marriage law. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)