07/01/2011 at 07:00 AM EDT
"It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American's Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. 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."
, exclusively to PEOPLE, on the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State. The star and marriage-equality activist
, 47, once said in an interview that he and Angelina Jolie
would not get married
until everyone had the same right