He missed the big Washington party by a week, but Brad Pitt still came through for the Human Rights Campaign and its effort to establish marriage equality in Maryland. The activist movie star, who once said he would marry girlfriend Angelina Jolie only when same-sex marriage was legalized everywhere, contributed $100,000 in matching funds to HRC, with a quarter of that amount earmarked for the Question 6 campaign in Maryland. On the Maryland ballot this coming Tuesday, voters will be able to decide whether to uphold a marriage equality law signed earlier by Governor Martin O’Malley. There are similar efforts underway in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state.
“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt was quoted as saying in a press release issued by HRC. It continued, “If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, ‘What else could I have done?’”
Last week in Washington, HRC hosted a Chefs for Equality fundraiser, which featured appearances by Project Runway host Tim Gunn and Governor O’Malley, as well as dozens of popular area chefs. Pitt would have been a nice addition to that lineup, but he probably knows money can speak as loudly as a public appearance. The Human Rights Campaign calls itself the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization and claims that in the past two years it has invested $8 million in marriage equality campaigns.
While Pitt and Jolie have not married, she reportedly wears an engagement ring given to her by him, and there are rumors on almost a weekly basis that a wedding is in the works.