Brad Pitt: Equality is what defines us

The actor feels that legalizing gay marriage should be a non-issue, but he hopes people don’t confuse it with legalizing marijuana.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has always been outspoken about his support for gay marriage, and in a recent interview with MTV, he explained his feelings on the topic in even more depth.

“Equality, absolutely, that’s what defines us. It’s what makes us great,” he said when asked about the states that recently legalized gay marriage. “If it doesn’t sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that’s us. We’re equal.”

Pitt says he understands how important making progress with social issues is, but he doesn’t think that legalizing same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana should be considered the same. There have been a lot of cases lately where the two have been linked in the media, but Pitt is confused as to what they have in common.

“I don’t understand that,” he told MTV. “I do believe that we should be responsible for our own choices in talking about the drug laws, and that the drug war is an ultimate failure and that the billions and billions of dollars that we’ve committed to it — there’s got to be a better way. I don’t believe in incarceration over education — don’t get me started. But there’s real damage to drugs; that is not the same as with gay marriage. Since the last round [of elections], they’ve been linked in every article. I find that curious.”

The network asked Pitt about what he will tell his children when they ask about drugs. He said he dreads having that conversation with them.

“I think there’s an age of understanding and there’s a reason why there are no old drug addicts: It either kills you or you get out,” he said. “I’m going to leave it at that point right there.”

Pitt is out promoting his new movie, Killing Them Softly. In the film, he plays an “enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse,” according to the Internet Movie Database. The movie will be out Nov. 30.

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