Amazon CEO Bezos donates $2.5 million for same-sex marriage
July 27th, 2012
02:42 PM ET
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Amazon CEO Bezos donates $2.5 million for same-sex marriage

New York (CNN) - Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is backing same-sex marriage.

Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, donated $2.5 million to Washington United for Marriage, a coalition to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law. It is believed to be the largest individual donation to protect same-sex marriage.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How is this really relevant?

    July 27, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Jeff--Tacoma

    I wish they sold Chicken Sandwiches...I'd buy a hundred.

    July 27, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    and will they also contribute to the legalize polygamy movement? if love is good, then more more love with more people is even better.

    aren't there kids or homeless people that might be better served by this contribtion? money wasted on advertising.

    July 27, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    I applaud this man.

    July 27, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Class Move. Well done.

    July 27, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    So it's okay for Amazon's CEO to take a stand for same sex marriage and Google also but Chick-fil-A has been blocked from opening in Chicago and Boston has joined Chicago and the Jim Henson company has severed ties with Chick-fil-A and this is okay because Chik-fil-A's owner is anti gays, same sex marriage????? What a bunch of Hypocrites or maybe we should call them Socialists, Socialism at its best.

    July 27, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    I think its time we boycott Amazon, Google, Chicago, Boston, Jim Henson company and everyone else that is a hypocrite by attacking the freedom of speech, freedom of choice as that of the owner of Chick-fil-A but they get to make a contribution to their believe, their cause without being attacked for their opinion. Talk about a double standard. I think its time we all hit these hypocrites in their pocket.

    July 27, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is Mike Huckabee going to do now? Certainly anyone who is for equal rights for all Americans must be un American, so sayeth the phony reverend.

    July 27, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Might backfire on the dude. He may get those people sympathetic to his cause as additional customers... and he just may be boycotted by an equal or greater number. Perhaps not a wise move to mix business with a volatile social issue.

    July 27, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Thank you to the Bezos.

    July 27, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Tyler

    And that's the last time I use amazon.

    July 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's called buying your right for freedom right here in the U.S.A. because their voice isn't being heard.

    July 27, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Myview – Can we boycott those who are opposed to equal rights for all Americqans? That list would include not only Chik Fil A, but also,Fox foreign owned media.

    July 27, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    ...What a bunch of Hypocrites or maybe we should call them Socialists, Socialism at its best.
    -------------------
    I think the Chick-Fil-A people have it wrong....and so do you. This land was "discovered" by western Europeans seeking escape from those who sought to impose their religions on anyone within arm's reach. This country is founded on the principle of freedom of speech and religion. Freedom from religious persecution and forced indoctrination is what the US Constitution guarantees to its' citizens.

    Seeing how you like to name things, I'll let you come up with any name you like for people who disavow the 1st Amendment. I have one name for those folks, chicken.

    July 27, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    Chick-Fil-A in no way has refused a job or service to a gay person yet gays are using the excuse that just because its owner is anti-gay, same sex marriage to harm the sales of the business, harm these people's jobs and harm those people in Chicago or Boston who were looking forwards to getting a job in one of the establishments due to open. This is a nasty war against families relying on those jobs and this business in no way has shown any descrimination towards gays. I think that these double standard, favoritism shown to Amazon, Google, Jim Henson Company and others is nothing more than people attempting their hand at Socialism, an attempt to eliminate freedom of choice. I am pro-gay marriage because it is their freedom of choice who they want to marry but I also have the freedom of choice not to marry my own sex and my choice should be respected just as much as that of gays. Chick-Fil-A did not refuse a job or food to any gay person.

    July 27, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. greg

    Good deal. As a gay man I respect that everyone has a right to an opinion. Some I agree with and some I don't. Sometimes those positions have consequences, but honestly I had the chicken, egg and cheese bagel this morning and I bought music from Amazon this afternoon. I will say to those that are jumping the gun and threatening to boycott Amazon, have fun paying higher prices in this economy. Amazon rocked even before this contribution.

    July 27, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Wire great post. I was going to add that all of America's history has been about rights: to ride a bus; to eat at a lunch counter; to practice your religion; to vote. Please read up on the fight for equal everything for everyone.

    July 27, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. uh uh

    views, you better check you message. Do you know for sure that gays have not been turned away from working at chick fil a? They are a family business that also shows its employees that they are christians. Also they back that up in their rule about not working on Sundays.
    And you also say that denying chick fil a from being banned is taking away jobs from families. Most of the 30 or so employees will be entry level minimum wage.

    July 27, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    Today I read where Sally Ride's domestic partner would not be eligible for benefits a married survivor would get.

    Kinda puts a face on the issue, when one of America's honored heros is discriminated against.

    July 27, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    @Myviewis – What does Amazon have to do with Chick-Fil-A, anyway? You brought it up.

    Freedom in this country also means freedom to spend your money anywhere you want, however you want. What is your problem with the Bezos' expression of their freedom?

    July 27, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    ...What a bunch of Hypocrites or maybe we should call them Socialists, Socialism at its best.
    -------
    I think the Chick-Fil-A people have it wrong....and so do you. This land was "discovered" by western Europeans seeking escape from those who sought to impose their religions on anyone within arm's reach. This country is founded on the principle of freedom of speech and religion. Freedom from religious persecution and forced indoctrination is what the US Constitution guarantees to its' citizens.

    Seeing how you like to name things, I'll let you come up with any name you like for people who disavow the 1st Amendment. I have one name for those folks, chicken.
    -----------------------------

    Rudy, I came from those European countries you are talking about. Chick-Fil-A owner has the freedom of not liking same-sex marriage but that is no reason for Chicago to block him from opening a restaurant just because they don't like his choice, same goes for Boston, when his business in no way has denied a gay person a job or service and Amazon, Google, Jim Henson Company are pro-same sex marriage and no city is denying them a business permit. There is a double standard, if Chick-Fil-A can't open a restaurant for being anti-gay marriage than any business opening that is pro-gay marriage should also be denied a business permit.

    July 27, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    To truth hurts, the battle is on. Yesterday, the Atlanta paper had a story about Utah saying they would not prosecute polygamy unless other laws were broken.

    Seems they want to avoid the law challenged again on its Constitutionality.

    July 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Myviewis

    What if Amazon, Google announced their CEOs, owners are anti-same sex marriage? Would they lose their business permits, could those cities ask them to leave? Would they be stopped from opening another office just like Chicago is blocking Chick-Fil-A from opening another restaurant because its owner is anti-same sex marriage?

    July 27, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    I never have gone to Chick-fil-A and probably won't in the future. My reason is that human hair has been found in the potato salad, and that I can't stand. A friend of mine gagged on it. YUCK.

    July 27, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    @Myviewis – LOL, perhaps you should call them BUSINESS owners ?? Those folks you (and other right wing nuts) say are treated so badly by the current administration, yet here you are wailing on them. If you don't like it here, perhaps you should turn in your green card and go back home. The American people will do just fine without you skewed perspective.

    July 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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