Brad Pitt Donates $100,000 to Fight for Marriage Equality

10/31/2012 at 09:30 AM EDT

Brad Pitt Donates $100,000 to Fight for Marriage Equality
Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

A longtime proponent of marriage equality, Brad Pitt has put his money where his mouth is.

The actor has donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to support the organization's efforts in campaigning for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.

"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt, 48, wrote in an email to HRC members and supporters on Wednesday. "If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?"

Chad Griffin, president of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, praised Pitt for his support and his donation, saying that his money "delivers vital resources into these campaigns." Adds Griffin: "We're proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box."

Pitt, who confirmed his engagement to longtime partner Angelina Jolie in April 2012, spoke out in July 2011 after New York legalized same-sex marriage, praising the state but noted that there was still much work to be done.

"It is each American's Constitutional right to marry the person they love," he said at the time, "no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot."

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