Out-of-State Cash Floods Gay Marriage Initiative

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

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

On the other side, 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
one million dollars.

Bastian grew up in a conservative, Mormon family in Twin Falls, Idaho. He went on a mission for the church and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Mormon-sponsored 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, felt he had to level the financial playing field.

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


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