GAymazon.com is supporting gay marriage. i will no longer purchase from amazon.com. How do you hate me now?
It never hurts to ask.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife MacKenzie are donating $2.5 million in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of Washington.
Amazon.com has had its headquarters in Seattle since the company was founded in 1994, so Bezos was surely up to speed on the fact that a referendum on same-sex marriage is going before the voters in November. The state legislation had legalized same-sex marriage in February, but opponents gathered enough signatures to put it on the fall ballot. And they were outpacing supporters of gay marriage in the fundraising department.
Not now. And all because Jennifer Cast, a former Amazon employee, thought to ask.
According to the New York Times, Cast, who is gay, sent Bezos an e-mail Sunday, July 22, in which she described the difficulties she experienced as a young adult when she came out.
And she wrote from the heart: “I want to have the right to marry the love of my life and to let my children and grandchildren know their family is honored like a ‘real’ family. 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.”
And then she asked him to give between $100,000 and $200,000 to rally voters to the cause.
She received an e-mail response two days later: “We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”
Of course, it helps to have crossed paths with an up-and-coming internet entrepreneur who strikes it big. And it helps to have his e-mail address.
And it never hurts to ask.
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