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Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Citizenship Lesson from Hollywood

Brad Pitt's view of what it takes to promote life and be a good American citizen is historically and sexually literate.

Putting money where his mouth is, he's donated $100,000 to the No on 8 Campaign in California which is fighting hard to avoid marriage being made illegal for non heterosexual couples. Equally as important as the money, he issued this statement:

"Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8."

This is what our founding fathers were talking about when they professed "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as revolutionary and uniquely American. This is also almost exactly what the Massachusetts Supreme Court said in its decision to create marriage equality.

Supporters of Prop 8 really need to revisit their history books. Their version of American citizenship -- rooted in discrimination, is exactly what this country was founded to avoid.

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