After Big Marriage Equality Donation, Rainbows Appear At Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates’ $500,000 donation to support marriage equality was announced this afternoon. Then: Rainbows!

On Tuesday afternoon, the campaign to approve the marriage equality referendum in Washington state announced a $500,000 gift from Bill and Melinda Gates — who previously gave $100,000 to the campaign.

“Bill and Melinda Gates made a second contribution to the Referendum 74 campaign because they support marriage equality and believe the law is good for Washington state,” said a family spokesperson, according to the Washington United for Marriage organization pushing for the referendum’s approval.

Soon thereafter, National Public Radio’s Andy Carvin tweeted about this coincidence:

Triple rainbow over Seattle @ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center— Andy Carvin

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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