Gay rights group adds $1 million for marriage equality battles

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Chad Griffin, president of HRC. - PHOTO: HRC

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group on Oct. 12 announced an investment of an additional $1 million for the four-state ballot battles over marriage equality.

Marriage-related ballot measures are being voted on this election in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

With the added investment, HRC has contributed $4.4 million to the four ballot measures and $7.3 million overall during this election cycle.

"There’s no doubt that 2012 is the year of marriage equality," said HRC president Chad Griffin in a news release. "When you have momentum on your side, you don’t slow down, you double down, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Our movement is about loving and committed families who deserve nothing less than full equality under the law. HRC is proud of our many volunteers and donors who have raised and donated additional resources to fuel this fight."

In Maine, voters are deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In Maryland and Washington, are deciding whether to affirm marriage equality laws passed earlier this year.

In Minnesota, voters are facing a constitutional amendment to ban gay and lesbian couples from marriage.

"Our adversaries have bragged that marriage equality has never won at the ballot box," Griffin said. "This November, we will take that talking point away once and for all. In 2012, fair-minded Americans – and particularly residents of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington – will support their LGBT friends, family members and coworkers."