Brad Pitt has been a vocal advocate for gay rights, so it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that his mom write an editorial in her local Missouri newspaper that supports presidential candidate Mitt Romney's conservative views on homosexuality.
Springfield's News-Leader confirms that the author is Brad's mom.
Jane Pitt's letter was primarily penned to express support for Romney, in response to a previous News-Leader editorial urging readers to shun the Republican's bid to unseat President Barack Obama because of his Mormon beliefs.
In her response, which was published on Tuesday, she 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 Mormon."
"Anyone 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 and did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer."
Obama, she writes, is "a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage. I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility."
It was more pro-Romney and anti-Obama than anti-gay, but nevertheless, Jane Pitt makes her views on same-sex marriage and abortion clear.
In any case, it's a total 180 from the views shared by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have been ardent proponents of gay marriage for years.
Last year, following the passage of marriage-equality laws in New York, Brad said, "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."
Brad and Jane Pitt clearly both have strong opinions on the subject, and both have a right to those opinions. With whom do you agree?
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