Brad Pitt has pledged to donate $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality.
The actor has been a long time activist of same sex marriage, once famously saying that he would hold off plans to marry Angelina Jolie until everyone in the United States had the right to wed.
Pitt reached out to his legions of fans to donate cash to the drive, insisting he will match dollar for dollar donations in order to raise awareness for marriage equality issues, which will be present on the ballot in four states during next week’s election day.
Pitt said in a statement,
“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.”
“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days. 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. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.”
Chad Griffin, President of the HRC also said in a statement, “With his commitment, Brad joins HRC in a tremendous coalition of religious leaders, business leaders, labor groups, civil rights organizations and every day, fair-minded Americans supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”