Brad Pitt donates $100,000 for marriage equality effort

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Brad Pitt has donated up to $100,000 to support the Human Rights Campaign's marriage equality efforts on Nov. 6.

The actor agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 for campaign resources in the four states facing gay marriage questions on the Nov. 6 ballot – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.

HRC president Chad Griffin said, "Brad Pitt’s partnership with HRC in this closing week delivers vital resources into these campaigns and we’re proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box. With his commitment, Brad joins HRC in a tremendous coalition of religious leaders, business leaders, labor groups, civil rights organizations and everyday, fair-minded Americans supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples."

Pitt, in an email to HRC members, said, "It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days. If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?"

HRC has invested $8 million to expand marriage equality over the past two years, according to a news release. The organization has invested $5 million in the four ballot measures this year, as well as dispatched staff and volunteers to the states.

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www.hrc.org/Brad