[Re-posted and updated from earlier today]
We passed that milestone in subscriptions a few minutes ago, marking a great end to a great February here at the Dish. Revenue for February is up 25 percent over last year; and traffic hit a post-independence peak of 2.2 million unique visitors and 6.6 million pageviews this month, fueled in large part by interest in the anti-gay religious liberty bills in Kansas and Arizona.
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Update from a “nutty Kansas Democrat” and Founding Member of the Dish:
I renewed last night for $4.48 a month. Given what the 48th state (Arizona) did on Wednesday just seemed right. It’s amazing how fast this is changing isn’t it? (Wasn’t it just 10 years ago that Bush had a primetime speech pushing for marriage protection?) I think what you’re doing is worth a cup of coffee a month. Keep up the good work.
Now make me some Dish swag!
We’re on it. Another Dish supporter:
I know you have probably receive a billion letters from subscribers and I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve been really busy recently, which I’ll explain below. I’m a “founding member” subscriber and have been following your blog since the white-font-on-purple days, a somewhat liberal Democrat who found your approach to conservative thought refreshing and eye opening. What caught me most at the time was your push for marriage equality, which as a gay man I yearned for.
I still remember coming out of the closet in 1986, a twenty-year-old college student who realized he couldn’t ignore who he was or would risk being alone his entire life. The only grief I felt during those first exhilarating and challenging steps of coming out was the knowledge I would never be able to marry the man I loved, no matter who that man would turn out to be.
I met the love of my life on Valentine’s Day in 2006. In November of 2012 we drove from our home state of Arizona to Iowa and were married in the city of Clinton. We drove because my husband-to-be is a Mexican national who let his visa expire years ago so we could remain together here in the States, so attempting to fly there was too big a risk. We didn’t know what the future would have in store for us, but we knew we wanted to spend our lives together and marriage was important to both of us.