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Amazonís Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
New York Times ^ | July 27 2012 | Michael D Shear

Posted on 07/27/2012 6:39:44 AM PDT by scottjewell

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country.

With the gift, the couple have doubled the money available to the proponents of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by affirming a law that passed the Legislature this year. Courts or lawmakers have declared gay marriage legal in six other states, but backers of such measures have never succeeded at the ballot box.

Proponents of the effort in Washington State called it a game-changing gift that gives them a fighting chance in November.

“To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, said Thursday in an interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amazon; ecommerce; homosexualagenda; samesexmarriage
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1 posted on 07/27/2012 6:39:56 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

It’s his right to do what he wants with his money. I have the same right and will not ever be using amazon.com again.


2 posted on 07/27/2012 6:42:08 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: scottjewell

Oh no! Is there any place left to shop that isn’t run by liberal, anti-Christian morons?


3 posted on 07/27/2012 6:42:08 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: scottjewell

Thank you for this information. I have just deleted the Amazon order I was intending to submit to them today.


4 posted on 07/27/2012 6:44:02 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Pining_4_TX

Yes! Chick-fil-A!


5 posted on 07/27/2012 6:44:25 AM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: isthisnickcool

So giving server space to Wikileaks and selling books written by pedophiles wasn’t reason enough to stop shopping at amazon?


6 posted on 07/27/2012 6:44:48 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: scottjewell
Instead of $2.5m to redefine marriage to include homosexuals, how abut donating the money to fight AIDS and other diseases the homosexual community has assaulted the world with?
7 posted on 07/27/2012 6:45:33 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Pining_4_TX

beginning to look that way. . . I wish these corporations would stay out of the culture wars. Dan Cathy of Chick-Fil-A has been denigrated by the LGBT advocates for donating to pro-traditional marriage causes, so others have the same right to view the Amazon contributions this way.


8 posted on 07/27/2012 6:45:42 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: txrefugee

Most welcome, and good for you :-)


9 posted on 07/27/2012 6:46:49 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

Probably the result of threats made by Jeff’s boyfriend-du-jour.


10 posted on 07/27/2012 6:47:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: isthisnickcool

I have spent several thousands of dollars through Amazon for at least 5 or 6 years - maybe more. This definitely will put in a crimp on what I choose to buy in future. It’s a pity; I really liked the convenience and haven’t had a bit of trouble in all my purchases. I’ll miss them.


11 posted on 07/27/2012 6:48:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: scottjewell

Will Republican Governors demand that Amazon does not do business in their state? Think not. Difference between liberty and facism.


12 posted on 07/27/2012 6:49:17 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: scottjewell
My family is BIG on books. We've ordered a LOT of books from Amazon - so many books, we maintain an account there that just removes money from our bank.

Not anymore. We're not supporting this. We don't want our money going to trash. We'll just move things over to another seller. Books can be bought just about everywhere these days.

Amazon.com has just lost a lot of valuable customers.

This needs to go viral. I believe people will act accordingly.

13 posted on 07/27/2012 6:49:45 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: scottjewell

I will be cancelling my Amazon Prime membership today.


14 posted on 07/27/2012 6:50:39 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: scottjewell

Hope they are enjoying their riches here (which is only a blip on the screen) while supporting a campaign that leads others to hell. Amazon is not only godless but anti-American.


15 posted on 07/27/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: scottjewell

So Amazon condones Sodomy too now.


16 posted on 07/27/2012 6:53:29 AM PDT by timlot
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To: scottjewell
NO, MARRIAGE IS TO BE SEEN FROM THE EYES OF GOD. One man, one woman. I too, will never again Amazon one penny.
17 posted on 07/27/2012 6:53:42 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will j rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: concerned about politics

Good for you, and I think it will be noticed by many others who will act accordingly and with integrity as your family has.


18 posted on 07/27/2012 6:54:42 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

Amazon has an excellent interface for shopping, and I will continue to use that - their bandwidth can help me so long as my money doesn’t help them. I just will not place an order with Amazon ever again.


19 posted on 07/27/2012 6:55:01 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: scottjewell

There is a difference between Amazon and Chik-fil-a, although slight. Amazon’s FOUNDERS are giving the money, it’s not coming from the company itself, wherein the traditional marriage policy is that of the Chik-fil-a company AND the founder. I won’t stop shopping at Amazon, there are many employees and most likely many with views in line with mine, why punish them?

Really wish the founder of Amazon had kept his opinion to himself.


20 posted on 07/27/2012 6:59:10 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Gaffer

I just logged in and sent an email to them that I won’t be ordering anything from Amazon in the future.


21 posted on 07/27/2012 6:59:47 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: isthisnickcool

I received a request from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation asking for free product to be used in a test for one of their left wing grant projects. Had to laugh. Told them to fax in their PO and how much it will cost if they wanted the material.


22 posted on 07/27/2012 7:00:46 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: isthisnickcool

Will never use Amazon and will double up on chicken sandwiches.


23 posted on 07/27/2012 7:01:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: madison10

There is some reason in your decision. However, I would first expect current Amazon to disavow or disassociate itself with its founder’s action.


24 posted on 07/27/2012 7:02:27 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: scottjewell

Maybe Bezos needs to focus a little less on his homosexual agenda and a little more on running his business: Visual Summary Of AMZN: 263x PE Multiple, 1.2% Operating Margin, $7 Million Net Income And 69,100 Employees.

25 posted on 07/27/2012 7:02:50 AM PDT by Zakeet (Liberalism - Ideas so good that you have to be forced to accept them)
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To: madison10

I don’t think it’s a company policy. The owner of the company was asked his oppinion and he gave it. There are gays working there and if two of them wanted to get married, if they’re in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the company would not fire them.

What this crap is all about is not being able to have an oppinion. It’s the thought police in action. And remember, the tables could turn and you would be punished for your oppinion that you just posted.


26 posted on 07/27/2012 7:07:48 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Zakeet

Off to read your link

I Want It Today
How Amazon’s ambitious new push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/small_business/2012/07/amazon_same_day_delivery_how_the_e_commerce_giant_will_destroy_local_retail_.html


27 posted on 07/27/2012 7:08:53 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Zakeet

So with only 1.2 % operating margin would a Christian boycott shut them down?


28 posted on 07/27/2012 7:08:58 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: scottjewell

The “Gay Card” has become the new “Race Card” in this country.


29 posted on 07/27/2012 7:09:05 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: isthisnickcool

I just cancelled my account.


30 posted on 07/27/2012 7:09:14 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Gaffer
There is some reason in your decision. However, I would first expect current Amazon to disavow or disassociate itself with its founder’s action.

according to this article, Bezos is still the president.

31 posted on 07/27/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: isthisnickcool

We’re running out of places to shop.

Did you see this one:

Office Despot teams up with Lady Gaga:

http://www.nationalreview.com/home-front/309316/office-depot-s-lady-gaga-back-school-initiative-insults-true-bravery-and-conservat


32 posted on 07/27/2012 7:11:20 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: scottjewell

Oh goody. So now the company is Homozon?


33 posted on 07/27/2012 7:11:52 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama Kills))
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To: DonkeyBonker

I just checked my Amazon Prime membership. It would have renewed automatically next week, but I turned off automatic renewal and will let it expire.

Amazon reaps a double reward from Prime. Beyond the up-front 79 bucks, it gets a lot of customer loyalty. The membership fee is a sunk cost and, all things being equal, the fact that shipping from Amazon is then free for a year means that they have positioned themselves to be the cheapest alternative in most cases.

So now, due to their stand on gay marriage, they have lost that edge, in addition to the $79, from at least two subscribers. Here’s hoping there are many more.


34 posted on 07/27/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: vanilla swirl

You’re joking, right?

http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=AMZN+Interactive#symbol=amzn;range=5y;compare=;indicator=volume;charttype=area;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=off;source=undefined;


35 posted on 07/27/2012 7:14:55 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: scottjewell

I quit buying from Amazon years ago.


36 posted on 07/27/2012 7:15:21 AM PDT by reaganaut (VAB! Voting against both Romney and Obama.)
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To: scottjewell

I am not canceling my Amazon account.

It may not be popular around here, but I think Bezos can do what he wants to with his own money. The problem is that if every person who opposes same sex marriage (as I do) quits doing business with Amazon, it won’t hurt Bezos. He already has more money than he can ever spend. However, it will hurt his employees, many (if not most) of whom probably are opposed to same sex marriage. They could lose their jobs over something like this. And there are also numerous authors that could be negatively impacted.

As I seem to recall hearing from a certain pompous bloviator, “Boycotts only hurt the folks.”


37 posted on 07/27/2012 7:22:17 AM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: scottjewell
How does support of Anal sex positively effect Amazon other than hurt
their small business associates?
38 posted on 07/27/2012 7:24:07 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Pining_4_TX

If Rahm Emmanuel was consistant he would start working on banning people from using Amazon, right?


39 posted on 07/27/2012 7:27:03 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: madison10
there are many employees and most likely many with views in line with mine, why punish them?

You really have to quit being reasonable. See post 37

40 posted on 07/27/2012 7:29:12 AM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: newheart

Several years ago I started compiling a list of all the retail establishments that were “off limits” per FR dogma.
After several months the list of national companies literally shrunk to zero.


41 posted on 07/27/2012 7:34:20 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: isthisnickcool

I would appreciate knowing of a reasonable alternative to Amazon.com. I have used them a lot in the past...not so much any more..:))


42 posted on 07/27/2012 7:37:21 AM PDT by jennings2004 ("Just give Granny a pill...." Obama's healthcare = Death panel)
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To: nascarnation
Good grief...from the Office Depot/Lady Gag "Brave" campaign article:

The blog portion of the website is rich with stories of bravery.
One “brave” person was Barack Obama for being brave enough to support gay marriage, a student who was brave enough to come out as a transgender, and Chaz Bono for undergoing gender transformation.
Also, the blog announced the winning poster made by a student showing two guys kissing, with a helpful Gaga-approved definition of bravery:

“Bravery is knowing that you can’t change who you are, and that you’re worth it.”

Major barf.

43 posted on 07/27/2012 7:40:28 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: isthisnickcool

I would appreciate knowing of a reasonable alternative to Amazon.com. I have used them a lot in the past...not so much any more..:))


44 posted on 07/27/2012 7:41:10 AM PDT by jennings2004 ("Just give Granny a pill...." Obama's healthcare = Death panel)
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To: listenhillary
Now I understand why Glenn (Instapundit) Reynolds pimps Amazon. Didn't a bunch of disc jockeys get burned for payola many moons ago?
45 posted on 07/27/2012 7:52:31 AM PDT by shove_it (purge progressive parasites)
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To: scottjewell

I used to shop often at Amazon, notice I said used to, from now on Amazon will be my on-line vendor of last resort. It was my first stop when shopping.


46 posted on 07/27/2012 7:54:55 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: scottjewell

2 Corinthians 6:17 “Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

It’s time. If not now, when? If you don’t stand against blasphemers you become partakers. Yes, this is about to get very hard and inconvenient to do but consider what your children’ s world is becoming. If we turn a blind eye because we don’t want to be inconvenienced or lose money then we are condoning. It might be a good excuse for this world but I personally doubt it’s going to fly in the next.


47 posted on 07/27/2012 8:03:03 AM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: concerned about politics

Just got off the phone with amazon. Been a customer with them from the beginning. Told them I was done and to remove any trace of me from their system. Told them why.


48 posted on 07/27/2012 8:04:37 AM PDT by onceone (0311, K Co., 3/5 1st Mar Div, RVN '68)
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To: Aleya2Fairlie

Truth! and well stated.


49 posted on 07/27/2012 8:05:38 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: newheart
I have read elsewhere that some in congress are considering a tax on products purchased over the internet--'tax fairness' or some such. So, when the Congress critters pass their internet tax, maybe we can accuse them of attacking a pro-gay business (Amazon)?

Watch them drop the tax like a hot Chick-fil-A nugget.

50 posted on 07/27/2012 8:11:50 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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