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Marriage amendment fight bringing in big money

Opponents of the amendment that would ban same sex marriage are winning the fundraising race. In the most recent reporting period the group leading the fight against the amendment raised $750,000. The main group of supporters, meanwhile, took in $32,000.
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Opponents of the amendment that would ban same sex marriage are winning the fundraising race. In the most recent reporting period the group leading the fight against the amendment raised $750,000. The main group of supporters, meanwhile, took in $32,000.

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