Brad Pitt donates $100K for gay marriage effort

Brad Pitt donates $100K for gay marriage effort

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Actor Brad Pitt arrives for the screening of 'Killing them Softly' presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 22, 2012.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

The nation's largest gay rights group announced Wednesday that Pitt agreed to match contributions from the group's members up to $100,000.

In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it's "unbelievable" that people's relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day.

Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state.

The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign says it has spent $8 million to push for marriage equality for gays and lesbians over the past two years, including $5 million in the four ballot measures this year.

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