Brad Pitt has long been vocal in his support for same-sex marriage, even famously declaring that he and his partner Angelina Jolie would not tie the knot until everyone in the United States was free to marry whomever they please.
But it appears Jane Pitt thinks remarkably differently from her famous son. On Thursday she found herself in the midst of a media firestorm after it emerged that she penned an anti-Obama, anti-gay marriage in her local paper, Springfield News-Leader.
Urging Christians to throw their support behind Mitt Romney despite his Mormon faith, Jane wrote: “I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.
“Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”
As news of her views started to hit the mainstream press today, even though the opinion piece appeared in the publication two days earlier on June 3, the newspaper’s editors spent much of Thursday flip-flopping as to whether it was indeed the movie star’s mom.
initially the paper confirmed it was, then said it was another Jane Pitt, before late Thursday afternoon reconfirming that Brad’s mother was the author of the piece.
Editor’s note: To clear up earlier confusion, the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.
Brad famously has been supporting gay marriage since 2009 and discussed the topic with the openly gay Ellen DeGeneres.
“I’ve said, ‘We would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married,’” Pitt told Ellen DeGeneres of his and Jolie’s intention to wed. “We live in this great country that is about freedoms — defined by our freedoms and equality — and yet we allow this discrimination to go on everyday. That’s not what we’re about. That’s not what makes us great. Until that is reserved… I just don’t get it.”
Naturally, Brad’s mom’s stance also raises questions close to home, particularly how she judges her future daughter-in-law, as Jolie has openly admitted to having lesbian flings.
And Brad has publicly made it known that he supports Obama, and in January this year he reinforced this view, calling himself “an Obama supporter, no question.”
What do you make of Jane Pitt’s comments?