Brad Pitt famously said that he would not wed longtime love Angelina Jolie until all Americans, same-sex couples included, could legally get married.
Well, Thanksgiving dinner at the Pitt homestead in Springfield, Missouri, might be a bit awkward this year. Fans of the liberal-leaning actor were surprised this week when his mom, Jane Pitt, penned a letter to the Springfield News-Leader in which she came out vehemently against gay marriage.
Though the provenance of the letter was in question at first, editors confirmed that it was indeed penned by Jane Pitt. In it, momma Pitt responded to an earlier letter in which a guest columnist argued that it was OK for some Christians to not vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney because they don't agree with his Mormon beliefs.
"I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion," wrote Pitt. "But 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 ... 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."
Due to the question of whether the letter was legitimate, the appended editor's note read, "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."
The letter raised some eyebrows because of Brad Pitt's support of gay marriage, including the campaign against California's Proposition 8 , as well as his two visits to the White House to meet with Obama.
"No state should decide who can marry and who cannot," Pitt told People magazine last year, re-affirming a stance he has repeated over the years. "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 to marriage."