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Brad Pitt: “Equality, Absolutely, That’s What Defines Us”

Monday, November 26th, 2012

If there’s one important thing to like about Brad Pitt — and there are many likable traits to choose from — it’s the fact that the celebrated actor uses his celebrity power to do good things for people and the world.

When MTV News caught up with Pitt recently during the press day for “Killing Them Softly,” his upcoming crime-thriller-with-a-message, we asked for his thoughts on the socially progressive results in the recent election on the issues of legalizing gay marriage — a cause Pitt publicly supports — and marijuana in some states.

“Equality, absolutely, that’s what defines us. It’s what makes us great,” Pitt said when asked about what he thinks about Maine, Maryland and Washington legalizing gay marriage. “If it doesn’t sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that’s us. We’re equal.”

Authored By Josh Horowitz- See the Full Story at MTV.com

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USA: Brad Pitt Kicks in $100K for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Gay marriage advocates fighting tightly contested ballot initiatives in four states are getting a lift from actor Brad Pitt, who is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Marriage Fund and calling on others to match his efforts.

“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 going out Wednesday to supporters of the gay rights group. “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.”

Pitt’s contribution represents a rare political donation by the actor, who has generally refrained from giving to candidates and political committees. But he has made an exception on the matter of gay marriage, a cause to which he has lent prominent support: In 2008, he donated $100,000 to the unsuccessful effort to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. This year, he starred with George Clooney in a Los Angeles production of the play “8,” a dramatization of the legal fight over the ballot measure, now pending before the Supreme Court.

Authored By Matea Gold – See the Full Story at The Los Angeles Times

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USA: Prop 8 Play Recording to be Broadcast on Radio Stations Nationwide

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Prop 8 PlayThe star-studded West Coast performance of the gay marriage play “8” led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt will be heard again this month — on radio and online.

A recording by L.A. Theatre Works of the March 3 performance in Los Angeles will be broadcast in the coming days on 90.7 KPFK in Southern California, 89.7 WGBH in Boston, 91.5 WBEZ in Chicago, 94.9 KUOW in Seattle, 91.1 KRCB in San Francisco, 89.3 WPFW in Washington, D.C.; and over 100 other markets nationwide. June is Gay Pride Month.

The play is about the 2010 federal court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008. The play by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black made its Broadway debut last year in similar starry fashion.

See the Prop 8 Play Online Here

Full Story from the Washington Post

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Brad and Angelina Tire of Waiting for Marriage Equality, Get Group’s Blessing

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

A gay rights group in California whole-heartedly supports Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s decision to tie the knot, even though the couple had vowed to not get hitched until everyone had the right to marry.

The 48-year-old actor had told Ellen DeGeneres on her show in September that he was supporting the gay marriage act to be passed.

“I’ve said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married,” a website has quoted him as telling the Talk Show host.

Full Story from Zee News

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Watch it Now: Clooney, Pitt in “8” The Play

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Watch "8" The PlayAFER Just posted the whole “8” the Play to you tube – watch it here now to see the great performances by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more who have joined us in the fight for marriage equality.

From AFER:

“Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch join an all-star cast for a one-night-only benefit reading of “8,” the new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) that chronicles the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.”

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Prop 8 Play’s Reading to Be Broadcast Live on You Tube Saturday Night

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Prop 8 Play BroadcastYouTube has announced it will broadcast the star-studded LA reading of Duston Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play this weekend.

Brad Pitt was confirmed today as the actor playing Judge Vaughn Walker in the play which details how the California ballot measure which revoked gay citizens’ right to marry was ruled unconstitutional for the first time in 2010.

Actor, director and AFER co-founder Rob Reiner announced that the play would be broadcast live on the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER)’s YouTube channel this Saturday evening.

Full Story from Pink News

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Brad Pitt on Marriage Equality

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Brad Pitt on Gay MarriageHe also had questions about same-sex marriage:

“What are you so afraid of? That’s my question. Gay people getting married? What is so scary about that? It’s complicated. You grow up in a religion like that and you try to pray the gay away. I feel sadness for people like that. This is where people start short-circuiting–instead of being brave and questioning their beliefs, they are afraid and feel that they have to defend them.

“I don’t mind a world with religion in it. There are some beautiful tenets within all religions. What I get hot about is when they start dictating how other people must live. People suffer because of it. They are spreading misery.

Full Story from AmericaBlog

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Brad Pitt on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Brad Pitt to People Magazine: “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”

Full Story from People

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