Millions poured into battle over Proposition 8
Out-of-state money has been flooding in either side of the Proposition 8 debate in California.
Supporters of the effort to ban same-sex marriage already have taken in more than $1.2 million from out-of-state contributors for the fall campaign.
Conversely, supporters of same-sex marriage are trumping up funds to oppose the Proposition 8 bill.
Bruce Bastian of Utah signed a $1 million (£536,595.15) cheque at a San Francisco dinner last Saturday.
Even before Bastian, a co-founder of the WordPerfect software company, opened his cheque book, gay and lesbian rights groups and their supporters from around the country had put more than $1.3 million into the fight against the ballot initiative.
The Human Rights Campaign, which works for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights out of its Washington headquarters, has raised more than $570,000 for the fight against Prop. 8.
Another Washington group, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, has given $200,000.
David Maltz, a Cleveland businessman, has donated $500,000 to the effort.
“This is a campaign that’s important to the entire country, not just California,” said Brad Luna, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, sponsor of the fundraising dinner that brought more than 750 people to the St. Francis Hotel on Saturday.
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“The result will have effects across the United States”, he added.
When the state Supreme Court overturned Proposition 22’s ban on same-sex unions, it opened the way for “nationwide legal chaos” and allowed gay rights groups “to force their radical redefinition of marriage upon the nation,” according to a statement from the California Family Council, one of the supporters of Proposition 8.
Pro-Propostion 8 donators have been proffering aid in super-sized chunks.
Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs group headed by James Dobson, has given more than $400,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign.
The American Family Association, out of Tupelo, Miss., has contributed $500,000. The Knights of Columbus, a national Catholic men’s organization headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, has put $250,000 into the campaign.
Proposition 8 is an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot that, if passed, would amend the state Constitution to “eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry.”