Brad Pitt donates to WA gay marriage effort

Brad Pitt donates to WA gay marriage effort

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BLACK AND WHITE VERSION US actor Brad Pitt waves to the crowd after the screening of "Killing them Softly" presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 22, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 9:40 AM

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 said Wednesday that Pitt agreed to match contributions from members up to $100,000.

It was a rare political donation for Pitt. 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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