Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to support gay marriage, equality efforts from HRC
Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, in a push to further their marriage equality efforts.
"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," the 48-year-old actor said in an October 31 statement posted on the HRC website. "If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, 'What else could I have done?'"
The actor is set to match contributions from members and supporters up to $100,000, in an attempt to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.
In 2008, just before the election that was won by current President Barack Obama, Pitt donated $100,000 to fight California's Proposition 8, an initiative to overturn a state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. It passed and since then, new marriage licenses for such couples have not been issued. following legal battles, supporters have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
Pitt and his fiance Angelina Jolie have spoken openly of their support for same-sex marriage, once claiming that they would wait to get married until everyone had the same right. It was announced in April that the longtime partners, who have been together for more than six years and are parents to six children, were engaged.
In January, the actor opened up in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, making the notable remark that he and Jolie weren't necessarily planning to marry - until everybody has the right to.
"We'd actually like to," Pitt told the magazine. "It seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment - to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous."
In March, Pitt joined the star-studded cast of "8," a play about Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. The play was a one-night showcase that debuted on Saturday, March 3, and followed the 12-day court case Perry vs. Schwarzenegger (known now as Perry vs. Brown), which sought to overturn Proposition 8. Pitt signed on to portray U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who presided over the case (Watch the play here).
Pitt does not share the same sentiments about gay marriage with his mother, Jane Pitt, who in July published a controversial letter in which she stated: "Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney's opponent, Barack Hussein Obama - a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."