Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) National Marriage Fund and offered to match donations, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The fund supports initiatives in four states where same-sex marriage legislation is on the ballot. The newspaper is reporting the fund will be split evenly among Maine, Maryland and Washington where the initiative seeks to legalize gay marriage. Money will also go to Minnesota against the initiative that would ban same-sex marriage.
On the HRC website, Pitt wrote a message and offered to double all donations that are received in the next 24 hours – up to $100,000.
“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt said. “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, a long time supporter of gay marriage, said every donation helps.
“Every person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is enshrined in our country’s Declaration of Independence, but powerful, well-funded groups are flooding the airwaves with lies trying to take away those rights from certain people…and we can’t stand for it,” Pitt said.
Last summer, Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, ripped President Obama for supporting same-sex marriage in a letter to her local newspaper.