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Out-of-state cash floods gay marriage initiative

Out-of-state cash floods gay marriage initiative

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Millions of dollars in out-of-state money is flooding the ballot-proposition campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California.

Supporters of the ban have taken in more than $1.2 million from out-of-state contributors.

In opposition, gay and lesbian rights groups around the country put more than $1.3 million into the fight against the ballot initiative.

That figure was before Bruce Bastian -- a co-founder of the WordPerfect software company -- opened his checkbook and donated $1 million dollars.

Bastian grew up in a conservative family as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Twin Falls, Idaho. He went on a mission for the Church and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University. But he has been at odds with the Church's view on homosexuality since coming out as a gay man.

Bastian, who lives in Orem, Utah, says he felt he had to level the financial playing field.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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