By John-Henry Westen
HOLLYWOOD, September 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Brad Pitt, an actor who for many epitomizes the lack of commitment to marriage, has once again taken a shot at marriage as the union of one man and one woman with a major donation to homosexual ‘marriage’ activists. Pitt announced yesterday that he is donating $100,000 to fight California’s Proposition 8, a measure on the November ballot that would enable California voters to retain the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Pitt has a history of promoting homosexual activism since breaking up with former wife Jennifer Aniston in 2005 after five years of marriage. His trysts with actress Angelina Jolie were reported prior to his divorce from Aniston. In 2006, while living with Jolie he announced that they would not marry until homosexual ‘marriage’ was permitted in the United States. In an Esquire article in October 2006 Pitt wrote, “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”
Also in 2006 it was widely rumored that Pitt was interested in a homosexual role in a film similar to Brokeback Mountain. A source told the UK Sun: “Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he’s done.” To date, however, Pitt has not been involved in such a project.
In announcing his support for the fight against Proposition 8, Pitt said: “Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.”
If passed Proposition 8 would amend the California Constitution with a new section that would read: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The measure is supported by Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, who said on the subject: “I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions.”
However, the measure is not supported by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger whose legislative counterparts have biased the wording of the ballot measure. Those who began the ballot petition called it the “California Marriage Protection Act.” Attorney General Jerry Brown, however, altered the measure to say that it “Eliminates Right of Same-sex Couples to Marry.”
The measure comes in response to the state Supreme Court’s efforts to redefine marriage against the will of Californians. In 2000, voters passed ballot initiative Proposition 22, which changed the California Family Code to formally define marriage in California as the union of one man and one woman. In May of this year the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that preventing same-sex ‘marriage’ violated the state constitution.
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