Brad Pitt may be known as one of Hollywood’s most gay-friendly leading men, but his mother’s views are evidently less open-minded. In a letter to Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt expresses her support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, noting that “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.”
Jane, whom the News-Leader has identified as “the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt,” continues:
“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.”
Jane’s letter was written in response to an earlier letter written by another reader, who argued, “Traditional Christians believe in gender equality. They believe Mormon theology denigrates women.”
Richard Stoecker then concluded, “Whether Christians opposed to Romney are denounced as bigots or not, I hope that in America their freedom to follow their conscience can still be respected.”
In an added twist, the News-Leader initially denied that Jane Pitt had any familial connection to Brad, only to later confirm that the author was, in fact, the mother of the “Ocean’s Eleven” star, a number of media outlets including ThinkProgress reported.
Jane Pitt’s views stand in stark contrast to those of her son, who recently starred alongside George Clooney in “8,” Dustin Lance Black’s play about California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
“No state should decide who can marry and who cannot,” Brad is quoted by People magazine as saying in 2011. “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.”
by Curtis M. Wong