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Jon Voight defends Brad Pitt's mom after anti-gay letter backlash

Angelina Jolie's dad comes to aid of Jane Pitt after she received death threats for anti-gay marriage comments
Angelina Jolie's father defends Jane Pitt after anti-gay letter backlash

Angelina Jolie's dad Jon Voight has defended Brad Pitt's mom after she received death threats over her anti-gay marriage views.

In a letter to the editor of her local newspaper the Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt slammed same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama, urging Christians to vote for Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

However, a backlash followed on social networking sites and the celebrity mother has reportedly been left petrified after people directed abuse at her and even death threats.

'Brad Pitt’s mom, die,' tweeted Sandy Kownacka. While I Bleed Gaga posted: 'Brad Pitt’s mom wrote an anti-gay pro-Romney editorial. Kill the bitch'.

Now Voight, the father of Brad's superstar partner Jolie and an outspoken opponent of Obama, has come out in support of Jane, telling Fox411's Pop Tarts column, 'Good for her', reports Fox News.

Brad, who has long been a supporter of gay rights, 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 advert 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 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 the difference of opinion has not strained family relations.

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.

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