The couple had long sworn off getting engaged until gays and lesbians could marry. But LGBT rights groups are sending their congratulations on an engagement nonetheless.By Lucas Grindley
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolieconfirmed this week that they are engaged, and several LGBT rights group say that’s just fine despite the couple’s pledge to not get engaged until “everyone else” can.
Pitt and Jolie got a lot of attention in 2006 and ever since for protesting the lack of marriage equality in the United States by indefinitely delaying their own engagement.
“Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” Pitt first toldEsquire in 2006.
The couple has increasingly mentioned in recent interviews, though, that whether they’re married is of growing importance to their six children. Same-sex couples with kids have a similar experience to tell.
But a spokeswoman for Equality California says the couple, who both are outspoken activists for LGBT rights, need not keep its pledge. Pitt donated $100,000 to the failed effort to defeat Proposition 8 in California, for example, and he recently appeared in Dustin Lance Black’s play about the resulting lawsuit, 8, as judge Vaughn Walker, who is gay.
“Marriage is something that says ‘we’re a family’ in a way that nothing else can,” Rebekah Orr, communications director for EQFL, toldTMZ. “No one has to deny that for themselves or their family to prove they are an ally and supporter of equality.”
From a more national perspective, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation offered a similar reaction.
“We congratulate them on their engagement and thank them for continuing to speak out about the inequality that so many gay and lesbian couples face today,” GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro told the Los Angeles Times. “No loving and committed couple should be denied the happiness, joy, and legal protections that come with marriage.”
In the entertainment world, Perez Hilton’s website stuck the same congratulatory note: “Although the sentiment is lovely and much appreciated from them, their first priority is to themselves and their children, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ve finally taken this step!”