Brad Pitt was the featured guest on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. The actor has joked about running for mayor of New Orleans on an anti-religion, pro-marijuana and gay marriage platform. An excerpt of his remarks on marriage equality via Towleroad:
"You know, I grew up in a religious family, in a religious community and it just doesn't make sense to me. It just doesn't work for me in the long run. I never wanted to step on anyone else's religion and their beliefs -- that's what's great about our country—until I started seeing it defining policy. Like gay marriage, you have a group of people telling other people how to live their lives, and you can't do that....I just say you have to, you really have to check what country you're living in because the freedom that allows you to practice religion is the same freedom you're stepping on. That's not right. And I want to add that if there was a nation of gay married couples who were telling you you couldn't practice your religion, I'd be speaking up for you too. So, let's stop the nonsense."
The actor has donated $100,000 to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the newly-formed groups which is funding the Ted Olson and David Boies-led federal challenge to Proposition 8. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.