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October 6, 2009 at 1:32 PM

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Microsoft donates $100,000 to R-71 campaign

Posted by Lornet Turnbull

Microsoft Corp. has donated $100,000 to Washington Families Standing Together, the campaign seeking through Referendum 71 to retain the latest expansion of the state's domestic partnership law, up for a public vote on Nov. 3. The domestic partnership law extends marriage-like state benefits to gay and some senior couples.

Microsoft's donation is the largest the campaign has received to date, according to reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

It brings to nearly $780,000 the total amount raised so far by Washington Families - an amount that dwarfs the $60,000 raised to date by the law's opponents, Protect Marriage Washington.

Beginning Oct. 13, and through the election, donations from companies and individuals will be limited to $5,000 maximum.

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