Brad Pitt donates $100k to support same-sex marriage
November 1st, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Brad Pitt donates $100k to support same-sex marriage

Brad Pitt and fiancee Angelina Jolie aren't stingy with their gifts.

Following Jolie's $50,000 donation via her charity to the Women of the World Foundation, Pitt is writing from his own checkbook to support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT organization fighting for same-sex marriage.

The 48-year-old actor has gifted the HRC with $100,000, agreeing to match donations from contributors up to that amount as campaigns in Minnesota, Washington State, Maine and Maryland begin their final push ahead of the election Tuesday.

“It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt said in an email Wednesday to members and supporters of the HRC. "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. But that's the system we have, and I'm not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry."

The actor and his fiancee have been vocal about their support of same-sex marriage in the past, with Pitt saying that he and Jolie would marry once it was legal for all couples to do so.

Although Pitt and Jolie announced an engagement in April, they very well might still have that goal. The couple, who've been together since 2005 and have six kids, have yet to reveal a wedding date.


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  1. Fred

    Gay Marriage?? It is a single generation proposition. Only a man, AND a woman can procreate, not two men, or 2 woman. That is all that is needed to be said about the greatest part of Marriage

    November 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SKY

    YES, THE MONEY OF FANS, WHO PAID TO SEE YOUR MOVIES, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MADE YOU ACTORS
    AND ACTRESSES MILLIONAIRES – NOW THEY THE FANS ARE UNEMPLOYED...HELP GIVE ONE PERSON A JOB..

    November 5, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. JSowell879

    Wow, Brad Pitt really created such a glorious stir for giving $100 thousand dollars. What a stupid, repulsive, and reprehensible donation. Mr. Pitt has given as much as he makes for sneezing. It is a kind gesture and he should be lauded, but it is really nothing to him and nothing compared to the generous contribution the George Lucas, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet have made. You and I pay lots of money to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It would be nice to see the couple give a little back to America. Not just Africa, but the country that gave them the wealth that they now have.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SKY

    FACT: "YOU WILL HAVE THE POOR ALWAYS WITH YOU, BUT ME YOU WILL NOT HAVE ALWAYS. (John 12:8)
    JESUS SAID THOSE WORDS...A POOR PERSON CAN BE HAPPY AND CONTENT BUT A RICH PERSON CAN BE
    STRESS OUT NOT CONTENT WITH "THINGS" AND NOT HAPPY.... MONEY IS NOT THE KEY TO HAPPINESS.
    INTER-PEACE A TRUE CONNECTION WITH THE CREATOR.. THEY TYPE OF CONNECTION WHEN YOU CALL HE
    HEARS AND TAKES ACTION...A GOD OF ACTION NOT A GOD WHO SITS AND WATCH....
    MANY GOD SIT AND WATCH AND NOT DO A THING...CALL ON THE ALL DAY LONG AND THEY
    DO NOT HELP YOU.....ONCE YOU PERSONAL CONNECT WITH THE GOD WHO MADE THE SUN
    AND HE COMES TO KNOW YOU...."WOW" WHO CAN HARM YOU? YOU WILL NOT STARVE...

    November 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me Again

    For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? This guy is in for the surprise of his life.

    November 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Diana

    This guy is a joke, he cheats on his wife then leaves her and he's for nasty gays and their marrying, things that are slaps in the face to God. What a FOOL!

    November 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. (7T) Flecka

    what can you say about the couple above in the picture....adore them they show us their is hope for more great couples ahead.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leon Max Peris

    What a Star!

    November 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. love it

    generous couple(brad and angie in the picture above) and always seem to have it together and i love the way she's looking at him. its great.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Angie(in picture above)

    if i ever had to sleep with a guy so he will give me $300 bucks...i may as well jump off a ledge -

    November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. smalltownmouth

    brad and angie in the picture above are very generous couple and are always there for people in need...i heard they are helping a bit for hurricane sandy that horrible horrible nightmare that caused people to lose everything.

    brad and angie in the picture above are a couple i admire and i intend to have that great strength and bond again...there is nothing better then a man bonding with you not just in bed but all the time.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. We're in the entertainment business...

    and the law. Marina has a cousin who is a general counsel in italy and she has work for 7 lawyers for over 27 years-Marina is not as dumb as you think. She may play a goofy game...because remember she also did theater for many years

    November 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. everybody knows...

    sally has always been a small town situation...angie works with the bronx teachers cousin who is courted the way i am for almost 30 years.. you can even ask jo, i know her since birth.

    angie always worked for rich firms.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sorry, dont' buy it.

    Brad, You need to hang around in a hospital for awhile before backing a particular lifestyle. There is disproportionate disease in gay men compared to non-gay. Rectal fissures requiring surgical correction, peripheral neurapathy, depression, constant infections, slavery to medications which must be constantly changed ( sometimes within in months ) to name a few. Aids in gay white men is 30%, African Americans 50%. We all feel these people deserve to be treated with respect however telling others it is a safe, acceptable lifestyle may need to rethink.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Leon Peris RHD.

    We are very proud of him!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. TRUTH

    if i have ever had to f-ck a man for money...i better get on anti depressents very fast

    November 2, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  17. and the best part of those checks...

    i didn't have to f-ck him to get those checks...pretty good for an old lady huh?

    November 2, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  18. Gifts

    i get a 20,000 check personal check from my boss at the end of the year....write off for him and a brand new focus for me
    i get the same personal check for the last 27 years....

    November 2, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. Frank

    what do you expect from an atheist

    November 2, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Shouldn't you be on your knees.....fantasizing about fellating your magic-sky-god?

      I look forward to the day that the last of your judgemental-christian-hypocrits finally dies.

      (oh...and unlike you fairy-tale-god....you won't come back from the dead)

      November 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. K Poletti

    How generous is it when they are just donating money to get a tax writeoff?

    November 2, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Vera Novosel

      It is common knowledge that both Brad and Angelina put their money where their mouth is. If you r going to blabber back it up with facts.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  21. this is an example of how couples should act

    this is how i want my life with a man, happy, quiet and no problems–once you take on a man or woman that's a problem
    you live is misery

    November 2, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. NONONO

    AVG IS BLOGGING BRAN AND ANGIE'S DONATIONS

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOO

    November 2, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. avg online support blogged you?

    - PASSWORD MOUTH

    November 2, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. AVG online support

    AVG online support:Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  25. mercy

    brad did it for fame and for purpose

    November 2, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Vera Novosel

      lol Brad doesn't need fame, he has plenty. They both do plenty hands on to help the needy in the world.Unlike many other famous people they don't call the press when they do. How many children have you adopted that had nothing and no one of varied races? Give it a rest. Get a hobby.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. brad and Ange

    The Sandy victims lives are ruined...this donation was very nice of the real brad and the real angie to do it.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  27. susan

    They r great actors,wonderfull!!!and great coupleGOOG LUCK!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  28. CHERYL

    Benjamin Button has given it backwards instead of SANDY VICTIMS. Brad Pitt, WHY?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  29. Elda B

    WHY they don't donate all that money to the sandy's victims, and WHY OBAMA DOES NOT TAKE TRUMP OFFER AND DONATE THOSE 5 MILLION TO THE VICTIMS OF THE HURRICANE???? I GUESS IS NOTHING BAD TO RELEASE HIS RECORDS TO THE PEOPLE WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT HIS LIES AFTER ALL NO?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • debra brown

      Why should the president lower himself to that fool Trumps level? If he did that you all would have something negative to say about that too. This president cannot get a break if he doesn't he is damned, if he does he is damned. No other president has had the disrespect that this president has had to go through. Trump wouldn't have dared make an offer like that to a sitting white president, no matter what political party he belongs to. Never mind the reasons he is making this offer it is offensive and degrading to the Chief and Commander. What you should be asking yourself is why is Trump not donating the money any way to charity? Especially since he has so much money to throw around and bet with. Lets see if he donates to the victims of Sandy. The president is smart to even deal with someone of Trumps low class.The subject is Bran and angelina donating to charities of there choice, they have donated to many organizations and have helped the people of New Orleans tremendously since Katrina. The storm was only a few days ago, I am sure they will donate to that as well as they are bother great humanitarians, more so than a lot of Hollywood types. As far as Trump goes he isn't even in there league as far as morals and values and the importance they put on human life.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • debra brown

      What lies? The ones that Mitt keeps brainwashing you about.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Vera Novosel

      May I suggest you as the poster child for better education in America?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. Kathleen

    If he feels that strongly about marriage , then he should marry the mother of his children ! I have heard him say that the children want them to marry, so why put political BS ahead of their own childrens' needs!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  31. Marilyn

    Why doesn't he give it to the red cross for the victims of the storms, what a waste of money.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • vincentpricenut2

      It was his heart alright, his gay wife's too! Ha Ha.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      I agree.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • debra brown

      Maybe this money was already promised before the Hurricane. I don't think they decided to donate in the last few days. I am sure they will donate to that as well. They are always donating money to different charities. No one knew this storm would be this devastating.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  32. bolaji

    Crazy moves, destroying the essence of marriage.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • squallybird

      Brad you are pitiful. What a way to get publicity! Its as bad as that "I don't really know what you want to call it, but comments about Channel #5" . You sure must need the Gay community to back you. Oh well, nothing you or your partner do anymore would surprise me.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      True!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. yvonnefontana

    It's nice for him that he gets rich off of American's who support him. Then, he uses his celebrity platform to make a stand for politics that offends some of his supporters. Why doesn't he just support what he supports quietly? Who cares.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      He is trying to make a point you HATER!!! If people support quietly, how do we fair minded people overcome the hate your people spew!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Maybe he is the one who if offended as am I by people that think they have the right to regulate who a person can marry. Its not rocket science. Go back under your rock yvonne.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • debra brown

      No one if forcing anyone to see there movies. That is what people do make a living, and they have the right to donate where they want. What about someone like Trump who will use his money to cheapen the presidential office, let him take that $5mill and donate that to the hurricane victims. $50,000 and $100,000 is chump change compared to what that idiot offered the president.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  34. Sokman

    Couldnt agree more Princess. You know he was taught better here in Mule Country. But then he went to Hollywood & was manipulated by the weird & immoral. Now he has a woman that used to make out with her brother, a bunch of kids that arent his, & has to keep finding excuses not to get married. Shoulda stayed home dude

    November 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      HATER!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I hope this is sarcasm. If its not, you are one ignorant, scary a$$ person.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie M

      You are so right! Great post. He and Jolie already have 3 divorces between them, now all of sudden they started saying they didn't want to get married until everyone can? What a pair of hypocrites....

      November 2, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  35. BBH

    Way to go, Brad. You give to every worthy cause and keep giving, from Katrina to Human Rights. We'll see every one of your movies TWICE because we know that a portion of our movie ticket cost will go to a good charity. Thanks!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Vote2012

    We all clicked on it. I was hoping he would do something to advertise what this administration has done to our BRAVE SEALs in Benghazi. I know the local Media will NEVER touch this subject. Please Please get informed almost at the point we can't turn AMERICA back. Google THE real war on Women. We ALL have a choice what to do with our bodies when in the hell are we going to take responsibility???? Four more years of this? Religious freedom will be gone and we will have to pay for others birth control in other words Abortion. READ IT! that means PUBLIC funding u and me have no voice when our kids get an abortion vote yes......on Amendment 6 and 8.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Princess

    What a good ole Missouri boy he is! lol He should be ashamed.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. cheryl

    Don't mind people donating for things. But if you can't even live in the country, shut up

    November 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Carol

    I know it is his money and he can donate it to whom he wants. BUT, he could have donated the same amount of money to help all of the people who are now homeless because of the hurricane, Sandy.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      I agree that he should have support the Sandy hurricane victims instead of that.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lowe

      He could have fed the hungry children of the United States.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  40. sarah cooper

    i always new people with money do strange things with their money but please dont make me sick

    November 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Danielle

    How about he donate his money her money and every other overly rich star in America donate to the relief of hurricane Sandy!!! If every millionaire donated .01% of their income or assets they could have it up in running in no time!!!! They could even get a "tax" write off for a "charitable donation" as if they need it...

    November 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Have you NOT heard of their relief efforts, not only after Katrina, but ALWAYS, all over this world? This family gives and gives, and still supports taxing the wealthy at a rate at least the same as myself, the lower middle class.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. he donated

    1 million from the last 2 movies...be quiet. i'm familiar with the celebrity world i know whats going on.
    Stop living through internet.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. LearnTheRopes

    i don't think angie plays or manipulates brad either because she knows he will walk even with 6 kids...

    men are different now..they don't have to put up with as much from women–they just say - bye bye

    November 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      What the heck are you talking about? We were talking about their donations. Way to be WAY off topic.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. LearnTheRopes

    they are loyal and there are no controlling games with Brad-because she knows Brad will walk even with 6 kids.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. we went through with you 100 times

    a marriage with paper means nothing if he sucks as a husband....if he is a great boyfriend and is there for you when you need him that's what counts.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Guest

    0.004 % of his supposed $25m income for last year

    November 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Guest

    I know many gay couples who are now married. So why is Pitt still holding out? And why does he think that his hold out is somehow going to influence the outcome? And given his failed marriage and multiple failed engagements, in addition to his sentiments that marriage really is nothing more than a piece of paper, Pitt is hardly a poster child for a happy marriage .

    November 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  48. angie

    looks like she wants him right there in front of everyone–THAT is not fiction, THAT is real

    November 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sandy Hurricane Is The World Disaster

    this is getting worse and worse more deaths, more houses have fallen down, people cannot eat properly, the depression
    is getting worse and worse, not jobs - how will these people survive this.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Saflower

    Nice that he would do that. But to get 7 mil for that stupid chanel # 5 commercial its a bit low on the money pot. ! I dont think his child is a factor. They have plenty of money for therapy for their own kids. Its silly to think its connected to that. But i too think the money could be put to better use. Or give them more. Cause thats like about 500 bucks to me.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIn

      We have to thank Brad and Angelina for what they're doing for others. Lots of moneyed people, people who have more money than them, wouldn't even give a damn for others. Lots of people with less money, like you, would grimace to donate to a panhandler, I bet. And like most of them, they've got millions of reasons not to give.

      November 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. grammyoo

    Well, well, well...another TOP story. It infuriates me that this money wasn't sent to me, so I can have a ramp built to my house, so I can go to the grocery store and get my own groceries on my own. DANG!!

    November 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Emily

    Thank you Brad Pitt for standing for equality for all.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dane

    Brad must have money to burn. Could have put it to much better use elsewhere.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Lewis

    This was announced long before Sandy. I'm hoping a lot of stars dig in their pockets for the relief effort. Middle America can't help that much, but they can and right now the northeast needs a lot of help.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Lewis, have you dug into your pockets? I have, actions speak louder then words my friend.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Not Happy

    It is too bad that a man of his caliber can not direct his hard earned money to such causes as the East Coast Trauma! As you will notice, no other country as come to our aide in time of need!!! What are we to do if we don't pull together to help our own people?!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DGWright

      Brad has done a lot of work for many of the people in New Orleans that was hit very hard with Katrina. He and Jolie make a lot of money and contribute to many causes so please do not be unhappy. It is good that they are doing something. My question is what about the many others that are not, George Clooney steps up and there are quite a few that do we just may not know about it.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Not Happy, you are nothing but a complainer, Brad Pitt is funding equality for all. Maybe your NOT HAPPY because you need to get out more.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Veronica

    Hope you're right, Guest - some help actually building homes in Breezy Point, Queens (as Brad did in New Orleans) would probably be greatly appreciated.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Diana

    Great couple? Lying, stealing freaks with a freaky daughter who already thinks she a boy. No wonder he's giving money, its because of his kid.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Guest

    they probably will. an automatic 1 million from their movie salaries is donated to a cause.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Veronica

    Would have been nice if they could have seen it in their hearts to donate half of that to the East Coast hurrican victims.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      Yes, They should have donate to Sandy Hurricane victims who they lost everything.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  60. brad and angie

    great couple

    November 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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