Brad Pitt's Mother Writes Anti-Gay Marriage Letter

Celebrity News Jul. 5, 2012 AT 9:00PM
Jane & Brad Pitt arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Jane & Brad Pitt arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Brad Pitt may support gay marriage, but his mother Jane Pitt does not.

In a letter printed in The Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday, Brad's mother supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his conservative views on homosexuality.

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Jane was responding to a previously published letter by a reader who urged voters to shut out Romney's presidential bid because of his Mormon beliefs. She identified herself as "a Christian [who differs] with the Mormon religion."

She continued, "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."

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Missouri newspaper initially printed an editor's note denying a relation between the writer and Brad. Shortly after, the paper replaced the first editor's note with a second, reading, "Editor's note: 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."

Jane her husband are very close with their son Brad, 48. The actor's parents joined him on the red carpet of the premiere of Angelina Jolie's directorial and screenwriting debut of In the Land of Blood and Honey in NYC in December. They also frequently babysit the couple's six children -- Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5 and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3.

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However, the mother and son have drastically different than her 48-year-old son Brad's beliefs. In September 2007, Pitt donated $100,000 to the campaign against Proposition 8 "because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America."

In December 2011, Pitt appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and explained why he and Jolie were not tying the knot. "I've said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this county had the right to get married…" he said. "Until that is reversed. I just don't get it." 

The couple got engaged earlier this year, but "have no date" set.

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