Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Kevin Bacon are all celebrity friends. The Hollywood hunks all have wives or girlfriends, but they have come out to support the legalization of gay marriage. They are not being bashful about revealing their sentiments, either.
Entertainment Weekly reports, “On Saturday night, an A-list cast led by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and Kevin Bacon participated in a live reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, taken largely from the transcripts of the federal trial to overturn Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in California. While the reading is serving as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights — the organization behind the effort to overturn Prop 8 — the event was streamed live on YouTube.”
The Prop 8 play itself starts roughly around the 30 minute mark in the production. “After a recap of news reports and speeches about the court case challenging gay marriage laws…” the actors make a dramatic presentation.
Brad Pitt, the famous ex-husband of actress Jennifer Aniston, has said in the past that he will marry his current girlfriend Angelina Jolie when all couples (gay or straight) have the right to marry in the United States. The celebrity couple have six children already and the more states that pass gay marriage laws, the more they seem to be expressing a willingness to get married legally sooner rather than later [if they are not married in secret already].
George Clooney seems to go through a new girlfriend every awards season. This year the award winning actor took professional wrestler Stacy Keibler to all of the red carpet events he attended. For the first time in years, he indicated to the press he’s no longer anti-marriage (which he has been, claiming he would make a terrible husband and citing his previous divorce as his track record proof) — but has declined to say he’s interested in marrying his current love interest, either.
Kevin Bacon is married to actress Kyra Sedgwick. The famous celerity couple made the news during the red carpet season when she arrived dressed in a revealing bare back gown. Dressed in red herself, she looked stunning, but tabloid media chose to focus on her new tattoo. Places on her side just at waist level, it features a graphic of his initials, her initials, and their celebrity kids’ initials merged into one aesthetically balanced and appealing form.
All three actors have had gay rumors spread about them over the years as if claims they were closet homosexuals were an insult. However, no gay man [or lesbian] should be forced to feel inferior or fear for their civil rights protection in the United States because of his [or her] sexual orientation. That’s the message these Hollywood actors are trying to get across to millions of Americans — that to persecute people for their sexuality is no different than denying them their basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Broadway World says, “Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the new critically-acclaimed film J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.”
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