Brad Pitt Donates $100,000 to Marriage Equality

By: Peter Gicas Email
By: Peter Gicas Email

Brad Pitt is proving, once again, he's more than just a pretty face.

It was announced on Wednesday that the actor has agreed to donate $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, on behalf of the group's marriage equality efforts.

Pitt has agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 in order to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in several states.

"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt wrote in an email sent to HRC members and posted on the HRC website. "In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples—our friends and neighbors—are worthy of the same protections as everyone else. But that's the system we have and I'm not going to back down from the fight of loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry."

This isn't the first time Pitt has lent his support to marriage equality. He also gave a similar contribution to the unsuccessful effort to defeat California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, in 2008.
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