I gotta love Brad Pitt... in addition to being an Oscar-nominated actor (Moneyball, Benjamin Button) and big time film producer (The Departed, Eat Pray Love), he is an activist and humanitarian, and has adopted 974 children with his spousal equivalent Angelina Jolie. And he's not too hard on the eyes either.
Pitt has been outspoken in his support of the GLBTQ community, most especially in giving his money and support for marriage equality:
"Can you believe that we’re still fighting for equality in America? To be against marriage for everyone is utter discrimination. I feel strongly about that because if equality of marriage doesn’t happen now, the next generation will have to deal with it.
It is an amazing thing that New York has finally gotten same-sex marriage. But the real problem is that the federal government hides behind states on this issue. It is blatant, ugly bigotry, and the federal government shouldn’t be doing that. You’re denying some Americans the right that all Americans have, to live their lives as they choose."
In 2006, Pitt pledged that he and partner Angeline Jolie would not marry until everyone could marry.
This week, the media reported that Pitt is reconsidering that pledge. His love for the mother of his children might be stronger than his patience as he hints to The Hollywood Reporter that we might hear wedding bells ring for Pitt and Jolie before we hear them ring for same-sex couples:
"We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
I don’t think he should hold out if marriage is what Pitt and his family want. He’s able to, and they’re making an issue of their support for equality, which is enough. It’s not like we’re asking same-sex couples living in areas where they can get married to hold off until everyone else can. Hell, it's not like I held out.
The whole intent is everyone should be entitled to get married. Brad Pitt has done enough by recognising the inequality and supporting the fight against it, there’s no need to add another family unnecessarily into the fray.
So Brad and Angelina, go ahead and get hitched... just make the wedding FABULOUS, and then sell the wedding pics to People for five million bucks and give the proceeds to an equality campaign.
I'll be looking for my invitation in the mail...