Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-8081-98 next last
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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: isthisnickcool

I just cancelled my account.


30 posted on 07/27/2012 7:09:14 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

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?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-8081-98 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson