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The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family donated big money to both the successful campaign against same-sex marriage in Maine and the unsuccessful one against "everything but marriage" domestic partnerships in Washington State -- but far less on either than it spent in California's Proposition 8 battle.

Focus, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., donated slightly more than $115,000 to the campaign to repeal Maine's marriage equality law, the Associated Press reports. Maine voters passed the repeal measure, Question 1, by a vote of 53% to 47% on Tuesday.

It also donated $91,000 to the effort to rid Washington of the state's latest, strongest domestic-partnership law, which granted gay couples in registered domestic partnerships all the rights the state recognizes for married heterosexual couples. Washington residents voted to maintain the law, with unofficial totals showing 52% in favor, 48% against.

Focus officials said the organization would have spent more in Washington if not for campaign finance restrictions.

Between December 2007 and July 2008, Focus gave nearly $450,000 to the campaign to pass Prop. 8, which repealed marriage equality in California after voters approved it in November of last year. The smaller donations this year reflected both the states' smaller populations and the economic downturn, Focus officials told The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.