Gay marriage group Freedom to Marry on Thursday announced a campaign to fund fights in five 2012 marriage battleground states, with the first $250,000 coming from Chris Hughes, a founder of Facebook, and his husband-to-be, Sean Eldridge.

The group hopes its Win More States Fund will raise at least $3 million dollars to push for the New Jersey Legislature to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of a gay marriage bill and win ballot initiatives in Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Washington. (The New Hampshire House on Wednesday killed a proposed ballot initiative.)

Eldridge told The New York Times that securing marriage rights is “a top priority” for the couple.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement announcing the campaign that winning even one state referendum would change the course of the national debate.

“Winning marriage at the ballot in even one state will take away the last desperate talking-point our opponents use to disparage the gains we are making across the country,” Wolfson said. “In each of our battleground states, Freedom to Marry is taking a lead role alongside local families and leaders, adding talent and resources on the frontlines to do the critical work necessary to win.”