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While Brad Pitt may be a steadfast supporter of gay rights and same-sex marriage, it could not be farther from his mother’s views.
In a short letter to Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt wrote that Christians who oppose the Mormon faith should not vote against Mitt Romney, since a vote against Romney would be a vote for President Obama.
“...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 a Mormon,” she writes.
“Any Christian 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, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage,” she continues.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jane Pitt’s letter was written in response to another News-Leader letter that justified reasons why Christians would vote against Romney just because he is a Mormon.
The Huffington Post notes that Think Progress reported that the News-Leader had actually denied that the Jane Pitt who wrote the letter was really the Moneyball star’s mother. Later, the paper’s editor added, “To clear up earlier confusion, the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.”
Pitt and fiance Angelina Jolie have been strong gay rights supporters, even once saying that they would not get married until gay marriage was legal in the U.S. He has also gone on record to say that he is an Obama supporter.
Of his mother, he told THR in January, “She's very, very loving -- very open, genuine, and it's hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil. There's not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy.”