Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to marriage equality campaign
Brad Pitt poses at the "Killing Them Softly" photo call during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2012, in Cannes, France. / Getty
Brad Pitt is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to marriage equality.
The actor is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, in support of the organization's efforts to help pass same-sex marriage initiatives currently on the ballot in multiple states.
"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 sent to HRC supporters, which was shared on the group's website. "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."
The Chanel No. 5 spokesman said Wednesday that he will match contributions made to HRC's National Marriage Fund in the next 24 hours, up to $100,000.
"This is our last chance to make a difference," he added. "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?"
Pitt has been a longtime advocate for marriage equality. In 2008, he donated $100,000 to the unsuccessful effort to defeat California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, he appeared alongside George Clooney and other stars in a reading of the play "8," which chronicles the legal battle over the ballot measure.
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