With a famous son who has been very vocal about his support for gay marriage, it was a surprise to many to learn last week that Brad Pitt's mother, Jane, had written a letter to a newspaper slamming President Barack Obama and his support of same-sex marriage.
The gay-friendly movie star has yet to make any kind of public statement about his mother's views. But on Monday (9 July), his brother, Doug Pitt, addressed the controversy during an appearance on NBC's The Today Show.
'Moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world, so why would our family be any different?' Doug Pitt said in an interview with Matt Lauer about a Virgin Mobile ad campaign that dubs him 'the second most famous Pitt in his family.'
That is debatable now that Jane Pitt has stepped into the political fray with her letter Springfield News-Leader in which she wrote: 'Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama…a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.’
Doug Pitt said of the difference of opinion has not strained family relations.
'There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you, and I think there should be,' he said. 'The bad thing is when it turns into venom and negativity and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion, we can learn from each other … maybe you learn something.'
Brad Pitt has long been a staunch straight ally in the fight for LGBT equality. He contributed $100,000 to the campaign to defeat California's Proposition 8 in 2008 and when same-sex marriage was passed in New York last year, he spoke out in favor of a federal measure. He was also in the cast of the Los Angeles production of 8, the play by Dustin Lance Black about the trial that resulted in the overturning of Proposition 8.