Anti gay wed campaigns get $1M gifts

August 19, 2008 3:19:06 PM PDT
The campaigns for and against a November ballot measure that would outlaw same-sex marriage in California are picking up financial steam.

The sponsors of Proposition 8 announced Tuesday that they have received their largest campaign contribution to date -- a $1 million donation from the Knights of Columbus. The money comes on top of $250,000 the New Haven, Conn.-based Catholic fraternal organization gave in January to help qualify the measure for the November election.

Last month, the founder of the WordPerfect software company, Bruce Bastian, pledged $1 million to help defeat the initiative, which would amend the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

Bastian's gift is the largest single contribution received so far by the amendment's opponents.


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