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Clint Eastwood Signs Petition In Support of Gay Marriage

Actor Clint Eastwood signed a petition that was presented to the Supreme Court late last week in support of gay marriage, ABC news reported.

The petition was presented to the Court prior to their review of California’s Prop. 8 that banned gay marriage in the state.

Eastwood joined nearly 100 other notable Republicans in supporting gay marriage. Others on the list included former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, former congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and former commerce secretary under President George W. Bush, Carlos Gutierrez.

Eastwood, a proclaimed libertarian, was both praised and scrutinized for his speech at the Republican National Convention late last summer.

Morgan Freeman Lends Voice to Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

Actor Morgan Freeman narrates a new ad in support for Same-Sex Marriage for the Human Rights Campaign.

Lady Gaga in Marriage Equality Video

Lady Gaga stars in a pro-marriage equality video that encourages people in the states of Minnesota, Maryland, Washington and Maine to vote in favor of marriage equality.

Brad Pitt Makes Massive Donation to National Marriage Fund

Photo credit: HRC

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.

Carrie Underwood Endorses Gay Marriage

Singer Carrie Underwood announced her support for gay marriage in a recent interview with The Independent.

Underwood, who has been speculated as being a closeted conservative in many circles and has a large Christian conservative fan base, told the magazine people shouldn’t be told who they can and cannot marry.

“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Underwood, who learned how to sing at her Baptist Church, has always indicated her strong belief in Christianity. In a time when same-sex marriage is widely debated among the Christian Church, Underwood said her church was “gay friendly.”

“Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”

President Obama’s Hollywood Love Affair

President Barack Obama visited Los Angeles Wednesday night and Thursday morning for fundraisers with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

On Wednesday night, Obama attended a fundraiser at Glee creator, Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller’s Beverly Hills home.

The event was attended by 70 people, who allegedly paid $40,000 per ticket to see the president speak for 12 minutes, according to DEADLINE Hollywood. After his speech, which had an emphasis on LGBT rights, Obama took questions from the audience, which included: HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo, Julia Roberts, CAA’s Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd, Glee star Jane Lynch and Reese Witherspoon. Also in the crowd were CBS executive Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Disney Worldwide Marketing president Ricky Strauss, Participant Media’s Jonathon Bass, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, singer Cher and transgender son Chaz Bono, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Hulu’s Jamie Kershaw, NCIS Pauley Perrette and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Ellen DeGeneres and Glee’s Darren Criss performed before Obama’s  speech. Criss filled in for singer P!nk, who had to back out last minute due to health issues. Many of the supporters at the event were large LGBT rights supporters. Murphy announced he was hosting a fundraiser shortly after Obama came out in support for same-sex marriage. After the performances, Obama was introduced by a military doctor who came out after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” in which Obama signed in 2010.

Early Thursday morning, the Obama campaign held an exclusive breakfast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars including: The Avengers Jeremy Renner, Glee actress Dianna Agron, Star Trek‘s  Zachary Quinto, Southland’s Ben McKenzieJessica AlbaBryan Greenberg, Adam Rodriguez, Zach Braff, Brandon Routh, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, Kal Penn and Sophia Bush.

Sources said the event was intended to help build the youth support for team Obama and enlist some of Hollywood’s youngest, hottest stars to help out with that effort.

Above: Jeremy Renner with Obama

Above: Zach Braff with Obama

Above: Sophia Bush with Obama

In the last month, the Obama campaign has been teaming up with celebrities for fundraisers and public raffles. George Clooney‘s fundraiser in early may brought in over $15 million for the president. Obama attended a fundraiser with many broadway stars earlier this week that was hosted by former president Bill Clinton. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi played at one event and attended another.

An upcoming fundraiser hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour on June 14 is also expected to bring in a huge haul for the president.

The Romney campaign has yet to receive much Hollywood support and is set to have only one event with “celebrity” Donald Trump in the works.

Ashley Judd: “[Obama] has an incredible devotion to our Constitution.”

On Meet the Press’s “Press Pass” , actress Ashley Judd came out in full support for President Obama and said she was “fired up” again for his re-election, on Thursday.

“I think that he is a powerful leader, I think that he is a brilliant man I think that he has an incredible devotion to our Constitution, and that he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be,” Judd said.

Judd was a huge supporter for Obama’s 2008 campaign. However she said she was a bit discouraged throughout his first term. Like many in Hollywood, she was reenergized by the  Obama coming out in support of same-sex marriage in early May.

“That moved me to tears,” she said.

Judd discussed the issues that were important to her, including the economy, environment and the government involvement in female reproductive practices. She said Romney’s views on these issues made her not want to support him.