Brad Pitt donates $100k to support same-sex marriage
POSTED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 6:54am
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — Brad Pitt and fiancee Angelina Jolie aren't stingy with their gifts.
Following Jolie's $50,000 donation via her charity to the Women of the World Foundation, Pitt is writing from his own checkbook to support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization fighting for same-sex marriage.
The 48-year-old actor has gifted the HRC with $100,000, agreeing to match donations from contributors up to that amount as campaigns in Minnesota, Washington State, Maine and Maryland begin their final push ahead of the election Tuesday.
"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt said in an email Wednesday to members and supporters of the HRC. "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 for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry."
The actor and his fiancee have been vocal about their support of same-sex marriage in the past, with Pitt saying that he and Jolie would marry once it was legal for all couples to do so.
Although Pitt and Jolie announced an engagement in April, they very well might still have that goal. The couple, who've been together since 2005 and have six kids, have yet to reveal a wedding date.