Jody Hall, the owner of Seattle's Cupcake Royale, raised $7,000 in June for the campaign to approve gay marriage in Washington state.

Referendum 74 will ask voters in November to uphold – or reject – a law legalizing gay marriage approved earlier this year by lawmakers. The law is currently on hold pending the outcome of the November vote.

Hall, who owns 6 stores in Seattle, raised the cash for the campaign by selling a special cupcake. She was advised to set up a political committee. Hall's campaign, simply called Cupcake Royale/Verite Coffee, includes a campaign manager and treasurer.

In January, Hall thanked Governor Chris Gregoire for backing the legislation with trays of rainbow-themed cupcakes.

“I contribute a great deal to our society – by providing amazing cupcakes to our customers, by providing great jobs that come with health care coverage, and by donating over 40,000 cupcakes a year to non-profits. Yet I'm a second class citizen when it comes to my civil rights as an American. I'm so proud of our governor for standing with the GLBT community in putting forth legislation that may well bring equality to all in our state,” Hall, who is raising 3-year-old Truman with her domestic partner Kelly, said at the time.