Politics & Government

California's gay marriage fight draws big money to both sides

Actor Brad Pitt's $100,000 donation last week to the campaign opposing a November ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California was the largest thus far by an A-list celebrity.

But it accounts for a small percentage of the roughly $30 million collected by supporters and opponents of Proposition 8, in donations ranging from $20 to seven-figure sums.

As both sides ramp up their campaigns — opponents rolled out their first television ad Monday and supporters plan to do so later this month — they're matching each other dollar-for-dollar with contributions from around the nation.

Supporters of Proposition 8, which would reverse a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned a ban on gay marriage in California, reported raising $14.7 million through last week. Opponents had brought in $13.5 million.

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