Actor Brad Pitt's mother, Jane Pitt, wrote a letter to her local newspaper, Missouri's Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday, expressing her support for Romney and criticizing President Obama over his support for same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
In her letter to the News-Leader, she called on Christians to support the Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The Daily Mail reports that the letter to the editor was in response to a previous letter by a reader who urged Christians to shun Romney because he is Mormon. According to The Huffington Post, the writer Richard Stoeker, wrote "Traditional Christians believe in gender equality. They believe Mormon theology denigrates women," and 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 the letter, Jane Pitt, who, according to the Daily Mail, described herself as a "Christian [who differs] with the Mormon religion," wrote:
"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."
Mrs. Pitt wrote that "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."
Mrs. Pitt ended her letter by urging Christians to pray about their vote, saying that the opportunity to choose a candidate in a democracy is a “sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.”
At first, it was uncertain whether the letter was written by Brad Pitt's mother. According to the NY Daily News, the News-Leader initially denied that the letter was written by the Brad Pitt's mother, but it published a confirmation of her identify on Thursday, in an editor's note that read: "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."
Many were surprised at the revelation that the letter was written by the mother of Brad Pitt, who is known to be very outspoken about his liberal views on marriage. Both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have long been outspoken supporters of President Obama and same-sex marriage. Daily Mail reports that in September, 2007, Pitt donated $100,000 to the campaign against Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Pitt at that time was reported as saying: "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." The Huffington Post also reports that Pitt featured with George Clooney in "8," Dustin Lance Black's play about California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The Huffington Post reports he said: "No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. 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."
According to the Daily Mail, in December 2011, Brad Pitt told the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, a lesbian, that, "I've said that we (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married."
But the couple announced their engagement in April and have not set a date for their marriage.
In January, Pitt said of his mother in a cover profile in The Hollywood Reporter, "She's very, very loving -- very open, genuine, and it's hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil. There's not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy."
But The Blaze notes that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie won’t be happy about Jane Pitt's letter.