Brad Pitt Donates $100K to Support Gay Marriage

Superstar's donation will go to efforts in four states

By Nate Wooley, InvestorPlace Writer

Brad Pitt is partnering with Human Rights Watch in support of gay marriage — and putting his money where his mouth is with a $100,000 donation to help gay marriage initiatives on this year’s ballots.

The movie star, who usually steers clear of political contributions, has a history of donating on the issue, according to The Los Angeles Times. In 2008, he donated $100,000 and spoke out against California’s Proposition 8 that limited gay marriage rights. Earlier this year he acted alongside George Clooney in the play 8, which detailed the fight against the measure.

This election season, gay marriage is featured on four state ballots. Measures are on Maine, Maryland and Washington ballots that seek to legalize gay marriage; in Minnesota, a proposed constitutional amendment aims to ban the practice.

The leadership of Human Rights Watch has already donated more than $5 million to promote gay marriage in all four states.

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