Many were surprised last week when the mother of Brad Pitt came out as being against gay marriage in a letter to her local newspaper. The letter encouraged people to vote for Mitt Romney, which slamming Obama for coming out in support of same-sex couple being allowed to wed. It raised many eyebrows as Brad is known as one of the most staunch supporters of equal marriage in Hollywood.
Now Brad’s brother Doug has addressed his mom’s letter during an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show in the US, where he was promoting a new Virgin ad campaign that dubs him, ‘The second most famous Pitt in his family’. He stated, “Moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world, so why would our family be any different?”
Doug added, “There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you, and I think there should be. The bad thing is when it turns into venom and negativity and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion, we can learn from each other. If anything, it solidifies your point or maybe you learn something.”
Despite his mum’s thought, Brad has been a staunch ally in the fight for LGBT equality. He contributed $100,000 to the campaign to defeat California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 and more recently joined cast of the Los Angeles production of 8, the play by Dustin Lance Black about the trial that resulted in the overturning of Proposition 8.