Actor Brad Pitt, an outspoken supporter
of gay marriage, says he grew up in a Christian family which believes
gay men and lesbian could not reach heaven.
The 48-year-old Pitt made his comments
in an interview with People magazine to promote Killing
Them Softly, his upcoming crime-thriller film.
“I come from a Christian family, and
[gay marriage] goes against Christian beliefs, as far as what's going
to get you into heaven or not,” he said. “My argument is, that
you may be as you believe, and it may be true in the end – I don't
think so – but let your god make that call, and in the meantime we
live in a country where everyone should be treated equally, so let's
treat everyone equally.”
The actor's positions are a sharp
contrast to those of his mother, Jane Pitt.
Jane Pitt criticized President Barack
Obama's support for marriage equality in announcing her support for
his GOP rival, Mitt Romney.
“I think 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,” she wrote, referring to Romney.
“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.”