Brad Pitt has reportedly made a $100,000 donation to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Marriage Fund, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The actor made the donation to help the organization fight ballot initiatives in four states. He also urged other celebrities to come forward and match his donation.
“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” explained in an email to the gay marriage advocates. “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.”
Although Brad Pitt doesn’t make political donations too often, this isn’t the first time the actor has helped support gay marriage. In 2008, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button star donated $100,000 to help battle California’s Proposition 8.
According to People, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin stated that Pitt’s donation will help provide “vital resources into these campaigns.” He added, “We’re proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box.”
“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.” the actor said in 2011 after the legalization of same sex marriage in New York.
When he isn’t making sizable contributions to organizations he feels deserves some financial support, Brad Pitt continues to make a number of high-profile motion pictures. In addition to director Marc Forster’s much-maligned zombie apocalypse flick World War Z, the actor is slated to appear in Twelve Years a Slave and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor with Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem.
Are you a fan of Brad Pitt? How do you feel about the actor donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Marriage Fund?