In a show of gay-straight solidarity, several years ago Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pledged they wouldn’t get married until that right is extended to all couples, irrespective of gender. While the two have so far kept to that, Pitt says it’s getting increasingly difficult to stick to as their children grow up.
The a-list star told THR, “We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.
“It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
Pitt refused to be drawn too much on the comment, and so far there’s no sign he and Jolie are actually going to marry, but he did add, “I’m not going to go any further. But to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”
Pitt & Jolie aren’t the only Hollywood stars to have made a similar commitment, as Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend have also said they won’t get hitched until there is marriage equality in the US (despite the fact neither of them is American).
Pitt is a staunch ally of gay rights causes though and has spoken out for same-sex marriage on several occasions. When New York made it legal last year, he issued a statement saying, “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens,’ Pitt said. ‘But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”
While Brad and Angelina’s show of solidarity is great, there probably won’t be too many people who’d begrudge them getting married. After all, it’s because it’s such a significant show of individual commitment that marriage equality has become a touchstone of the equal rights movement.