Bil Browning

Microsoft donates $100k to keep Washington relationship recognition

Filed By Bil Browning | October 06, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: domestic partner benefits, Microsoft, Referendum 71, Washington

Good news out of Washington... Microsoft has given $100,000 to Approve Referendum 71 - the org leading the push to keep Washington's new domestic partnership law. microsoft_logo.jpgThe donation is larger than all the combined contributions to Protect Marriage Washington, the group trying to repeal the new law.

This took guts. Microsoft's brazen role in R-71 will outrage the Ken Hutchersons of the world, who pressured Microsoft for years to back off from supporting gay-rights legislation. And it could also summon conservative interests--e.g., the Mormon Church--to dump money in on the other side. After October 12, state rules block any person or group from donating more than $5,000 to the campaign.

So what do you think? Will this raise a boatload more money for the rightwingers? Will the Mormons start trucking in the cash? Or is it too little too late?

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Given the timing I think its awesome -- and intentionally done so close to the deadline to provide the greatest amount of impact.

The money has been pointed at Maine, and its too late to swing the pointer back.

This is part of why a thousand different challenges, all over the place, are so important.

It's guerrilla warfare tactics, without the incidental bloodshed. They are monolithic, we are flexible, and that gives us strength.

Given that Apple is also an HRC 100-rated company, I'm guessing all the right-wing orgs are now scurrying to install open-source OS and office software apps. (Which were probably coded by a bunch of liberal programmers anyway, but I suppose that's harder to prove.)