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Brangelina Engaged: No Hard Feelings

Brangelina01_102907In January, Andy reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may get married sooner than later, despite the couple's repeated insistence that they'd wait until all Americans enjoyed full marriage equality. Back then, Pitt was saying:

We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.

Indeed, they couldn't hold out. The couple's engaged, and TMZ reports that Equality California's got no hard feelings:

Rebekah Orr, Communications Director for Equality California, says the group is totally behind the Brangelina marriage, even if the right to vote is still not enjoyed by everyone. [sic]

She tells us, "Marriage is something that says ‘we're a family’ in a way that nothing else can ... No one has to deny that for themselves or their family to prove they are an ally and supporter of equality."

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  1. Write it up AZGAARD. Make it happen.

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 15, 2012 8:35:58 AM

  2. I'm all for it. They've always been pro-gay so I can't have any ill feelings towards them.

    However, I wish straight people would stop declaring that they will not marry until we can. Because, in reality, not doing it doesn't mean that they can really understand what it's like to not BE ABLE to do it.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 15, 2012 9:44:54 AM

  3. Straight Privilege

    Posted by: Daryl | Apr 15, 2012 9:55:53 AM

  4. If there's any reason to break your word, it's for your children.

    Posted by: notmichaeljfox | Apr 15, 2012 10:23:46 AM

  5. So typical of straight Hollywood friends of the gay community - their with you until its too inconvenient to be with you. This is worse than their not having made the no-marriage pledge in the first place. Now it looks like they caved in to the inevitable. It's basically them saying - "You're on your own, we couldn't wait any longer."

    As for Equality California, they're just like every other gay organization. No guts when it comes to standing up to celebs!

    Posted by: Guardian | Apr 15, 2012 11:15:22 AM

  6. As I have mentioned before on this same topic: It is very easy for privileged people to stand alongside a minority that is denied rights. That is, until it becomes too "inconvenient".

    Posted by: Lance | Apr 15, 2012 11:45:36 AM

  7. It's not like they are saying they will stop their support of the gay community. Give me a break who cares if they get married. I think their support does more for the fight than wether or not they get married.

    Posted by: Billy | Apr 15, 2012 12:33:47 PM

  8. The point is that their lack of fortitude shows that they will fight with the gay community just so far. That is something our enemies have always counted on.

    Personally, I think they were foolish for making the pledge in the first place. But once they did, they were committed. By pulling out now they are saying that their suppport is just so much lip service. It is my contention that by reversing course they have done far more damage to our cause then if they had merely offered their moral support.

    Posted by: Guardian | Apr 15, 2012 12:56:27 PM

  9. Kids do want you to get married. Those of you with kids know this. They want their dads to get married or their two moms.

    It makes no sense to not marry when you have children to prove that marriage has validity. If its important and truly means something then you get married. Anyone can get married in any state, place, or even lunar landscape.

    It's the tax benefits that people are being political about.

    Brad and Angie can get married by a Native American Medicine man or even by Shiloh--if its important to their family they should do it.

    If gay marriage is important...abstain from the tax breaks.

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 15, 2012 9:52:41 PM

  10. I don't understand what you folks are complaining about. You're the type of people who, in one breath, will claim "not to care about celebrities", and then in another you get sand in your vagina because of this.

    They continue to be more outspoken and visible advocates for LGBT people and Equality then pretty much ANY of the complainers on this board.

    Truly. This isn't a slight to our community, at all, and anyone who thinks that it is needs to take a good hard look at the non-gay people in their own lives.

    how many of you have straight relatives who not only stand up and are vocal and visible advocates for LGBT Equalty, but are willing to NOT MARRY until YOU can? My guess? NONE>

    Getting angry at Brad & Angelina for "backing out of a promise" is nothing but a way for people to focus their anger on something irrelevant, rather than deal with their own hard realities.

    Stop being pissed that they 'backed out of this promise' - start being pissed that your friends and family never made such a promise to begin with.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 10:04:30 PM

  11. hehehe....but to goad some of you Bitter Betty's - curious:

    how will Brad & Angelina marrying "leave us on our own", specifically?

    Are you hypothesizing that brad & angelina, specifically, remaining unmarried will be what causes Marriage Equality to come to the USA? That if we don't have Angie & Brad staying unmarried, congress won't be moved to grant us our equal rights?

    And how, exactly, are they leaving/abandoning "us" by getting engaged, or married?
    Are you hypothesizing that once engaged, and married, they will no longer be vocal advocates for Equality? That an ally is only an ally if unmarried?

    And again, why direct this toward them? To the people on here criticizing them..... what are the non-gay people in your own life doing? Are they visible, vocal, outspoken advocates for our community? are they Out in support of the LGBT Community? Have they made a similar pledge to not marry?

    How, pray tell, are the actions of Brad & Angelina, whom none of you know personally, affecting you so greatly?

    There's something very telling about the complaining comments on this thread - and it speaks volumes about the lack of support some of you are receiving from your own communities. Focus on that, and not brad & angie.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 15, 2012 10:17:09 PM

  12. With six kids--several of them adopted--and their various homes, charities, etc., it does make sense for them to marry. And Pitt especially has been very vocal about his support for same-sex marriage over the years. (His work in "8: The Play" as Judge Vaughan Walker is some of the slyest, most accomplished acting he's ever done, BTW.)

    I'm much more disappointed in the media--the "Today" show is blathering about this literally as I'm typing--that they're completely ignoring the reason that they delayed the marriage for 7 years. Not one word about their support for marriage equality (but, of course, a reference to their "exes," Billy Bob Thornton and Jennifer Aniston). Thanks a lot, NBC.

    Posted by: Dback | Apr 16, 2012 10:39:11 AM

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