Tim Gill, a Colorado high-tech multimillionaire warns that his Gill foundation will “ punish the wicked ”—anyone who is against the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
The Gill Foundation was created with a $300 million endowment to promote LGBT legislation. Based in Denver, the foundation has worked against religious freedom measures since 1994.
“It’s the religious right that decided to make marriage an issue. They worked tirelessly on it for decades, and they lost,” Gill said in a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine.
Gill was inspired after the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
More Recently, Gill has fought against the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, in Georgia.
Gill’s involvement started with an amendment to the Colorado Constitution, known commonly as Initiative 2, according to an interview he gave at Yale University. Initiative 2, which was passed but later overturned in court, proposed that no state law could assign protected status for sexual orientation.
“My assistant’s assistant at Quark had actually voted in favor of [passing the amendment],” Gill said. “I thought, ‘She says I should be able to be fired for being gay; that sexual orientation shouldn’t protect me.’ I thought, ‘Maybe I should fire her.’”
Instead, he donated $1 million to the effort to overturn the amendment.
“When I look around the country, I see people that are victims of hate crimes,” Gill said in a promotional video for his foundation, explaining his activism.
Gill’s political efforts are funded by his success in the tech industry. Raised in a Republican family, he made his fortune as a programmer.
Gill sold his stake in Quark, his software startup, for $500 million in 1992, Rolling Stone noted. He then moved into LGBT activism full time and has since shifted 60 percent of his assets into an endowment for the Gill Foundation.
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