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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Brad Pitt Strikes Again

In an upcoming article in Esquire, Brad Pitt apparently states that he and Angelina Jolie won't get married until "everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able." This statement is being taken as a message of support for gay marriage -- although it is what we in the legal community would describe as overly broad, when you get right down to it. I mean "everyone else in the country" includes an awful lot of people, most of whom were straight last time I checked.... The appreciation for Brad's position expressed in the gay media has been offset by disdain from other sources. Several commentators have suggested that this is just one more on the long list of "reasons" Brad has given for not marrying Angie (the top suspected "reason" being that she won't marry him) -- and, given his very broad use of the phrase "everyone else in the country who wants to be married," it's true that he could be off the marriage hook for a very, very long time. After all, even if same-sex couples are allowed to legally marry, there will always be folks out there who want to marry their first cousins, or marry under age, or marry more than one person, or marry without being legally divorced from their previous spouse -- so it doesn't look like Brad and Angie will be tying the knot any time soon. But I wasn't holding my breath.... (In fact, I wasn't paying even the slightest bit of attention!) In any case, it is nice when the occasional celebrity speaks up for marriage equality. As one British journal noted, maybe now all the U.S. politicians opposing same-sex marriage will change their minds in hopes of being invited to Brad 'n Angie's wedding. Okay, okay, back to reality, but you can't blame a gal for dreaming....


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