Pro-equality groups raised more than $34 million in the four states, mostly from small donors. Anti-marriage equality campaigns raised $12 million, of which nearly two-thirds ($8 million) came from just three sources: the National Organization for Marriage, the Catholic Church and its affiliate the Knights of Columbus.
One of the state’s more famous gay couples – Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller – got married on Sunday and held their “Big Gay Wedding Reception” at Q Nightclub and collected “suggested donations” to support Freedom to Marry organization.
Seattle saw marriage equality come to life. At 12.01 am the King County Administrative building erupted into cheer as the doors opened for over 300 couples who had lined the cold streets for hours, waiting to be amongst the first to celebrate the historic moment.
Following several years of declining revenue, LGBT social justice organizations experienced a 17% revenue increase from 2010 to 2011, according to a new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP).