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Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to gay marriage cause

September 18, 2008

brad1.jpgBrad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California voters’ attempt to eliminate the rights of gay couples to marry.

Pitt’s donation to the No on Prop 8  campaign is the largest single donation so far by a celebrity to the bid to defeat the anti-gay marriage California ballot measure in November, organizers said.

“Because no one has the right to deny another their life even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another, and because discrimination has no place in America,  my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” Pitt said in a statement.

The California Supreme Court struck down a ban on marriage in May but state voters will decide in a voter referendum in November whether to abolish those new rights.

Chad Griffin, political strategist for the No on 8 campaign, said he hoped Pitt’s contribution would encourage other celebrities to put their hands in their pockets. “The entertainment industry should view this contribution as a challenge,” Griffin said.

Many lesbian and gay couples marrying in Califronia have asked friends and relatives to donate to the campaign instead of buying wedding gifts.

Chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi married in Beverly Hills in August and former “Star Trek” crew member George Takei married his long time partner Brad Altman in September.   

Comments

Good for him!!!

It’s impressive to see someone put their money where their mouth is and stand up for what is right. Gay and lesbian families should no longer be hurtfully shut out of the protections and dignity that marriage brings.

Vote NO NO NO on prop 8

Posted by Marine Vet | Report as abusive
 

The fall and decline of America continues…..

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive
 

You got that right, Jay. Too bad Hollywood doesn’t just shut up and make movies.

Posted by Carol | Report as abusive
 

The fall and decline of America continues…only if people are denied equal rights! It’s people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Harvey Milk who stand up against discrimination that make America a proud place to live!

Posted by Gary | Report as abusive
 

brilliant to see that such a high-profile celebrity is standing for such an important cause.. equality in all aspects!

Posted by Ronan | Report as abusive
 

I think the real fall and decline of America can be blamed on the past 8 years of Republican rule and not passed off to the people who are trying to make positive change in this country.

Posted by Greg | Report as abusive
 

Good for him! The photos of Takei and Altman made me cry because they looked so overjoyed and full of love for one another. Obviously the longterm love and respect they have for one another is putting my own relationship in peril, ha ha ha.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie said they wouldn’t get maried until everyone could, so good for him for putting his money where his mouth is.

I am so tired of the American fundamentalists saying marriage is threatened by this. What a stupid and ridiculous argument to cover up their own bigotry.

Posted by Liz | Report as abusive
 

Way to go, Brad! Classy! Those who disagree with his action should still see his point — that for there to be true equality, others must have the same rights — in this case, marriage — whether or not the others who already have these rights disagree!

Posted by Sheri | Report as abusive
 

gay marriage – big deal. why would anyone have a problem with this? there is a war in iraq. Over 85% of people in Darfur have been displaced and bombed…because of discrimination. About 1200-1500 children die a day from malnutrition and starvation. Why won’t america move it’s shallow head into the deep end and help those experiencing real suffering?

Posted by good day | Report as abusive
 

Support Gay Marriage!!

Announcing the launch of a brand new GLBT online community forum for same sex weddings. Join today!

http://www.LetsTalkGayWeddings.com

 

Brad Pitt, I’m going to see your next movie, no matter what it is. The gays will give you back that million at the box office, and then some. Thank you!

Posted by Wilder | Report as abusive
 

Yes on Proposition 8! Prop 8 is not about discrimination. Prop 8 only asks that the term “marriage” refer to the union between a man and a woman. Gay unions should be called something else and that is the only thing that Prop 8 states. Choose a different name for that union and all is well!

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive
 

Karen – a different name is separate, but not equal. Do you not know about the desegregation of schools that this country went through? That was one of the main arguments. Conservatives should stop using their bigotry to oppress people. We are sick of it!!!

Posted by John | Report as abusive
 

Here is a great article that I want to share with everyone:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-o e-blankenhorn19-2008sep19,0,775182,print .story

Marriage as a human institution is constantly evolving. But in all societies, marriage shapes the rights and obligations of parenthood.

Posted by ProtectMarriage | Report as abusive
 

If your for gay marriage make sure you read the ballot carefully they keep changing the words around on it. The latest is to vote yes. if your voting against it take a 50/50 shot I don’t really care if you vote wrong. ;-)

Let me go on to say that the ignorance of gay marriage ruining the meaning of marriage if laughable. It is wrong for two men or two women who love each other to be married but it is okay for a man and a woman to be remarried 10 times and have many different children with many different people. No that doesn’t ruin meaning of marriage at all.

People stop worrying about who’s having sex with who and worry about your cheating spouse. But if everyone minded there own business the paparazzi would be out of business wouldn’t they?

Posted by Read Prop 8 CAREFULLY | Report as abusive
 

Are any of you who are for gay marriage the child of such a union? I just can’t imagine not having a female for a mother and a male for a father. Miss Jolie and Mr. Pitt absolutely adore their female mothers. Would they feel the same if their mothers were male? Maybe they would. Can’t say. Can you?

Posted by Martha Callison | Report as abusive
 

I am so happy that I found this website! I have a paper in my history class on the fall of America and what I believe will help it. I was trying to figure out what to write about avoiding the gay marriage subject. I strongly agree that gay marriage is right, but didn’t want to go too far in my paper. But now I can stand up and say that we are not being treated equally. Gays have a right to get married just like everybody else. Thanks for the help. =]

Posted by Mandi | Report as abusive
 

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