Brad Pitt gives £100,000 to support gay marriage in California

Brad Pitt September 18th, 2008

Brad Pitt announced yesterday he is donating $100,000 to fight California’s Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate gay couples’ right to marry.

Pitt said he made the donation because he supports equality. In a statement, the actor 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.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Pitt’s contribution is the largest anti-Proposition 8 donation given by a celebrity. Opponents of Proposition 8 are hoping that the donation will prompt others to get involved.

54% of Californians said they support gay marriage in an August 2008 poll.

In other news, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, started by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2006, has announced plans to make a $2 million donation to the Global Health Committee to establish a clinic in Ethiopia designed to treat children with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

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