Newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are being harshly judged by gay Americans for what they deem a betrayal of same sex couples who cannot legally wed. Brad Pitt openly stated to reporters that he would not marry until gay people nationwide had the right to same-sex marriage. Yet, According to Inquisitor.com on Aug 31, Brad and Angelina secretly got married last weekend even though same sex marriage is legal only in the District of Columbia and 19 states.
Bryan Moylan, a writer for Time magazine, went so far as to call the marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie a “slap in the face to gay couples” nationwide. But as the Huffington Post pointed out on Aug. 29, one broken promise by two actors doesn't diminish, sabotage or undermine anything gay rights activists have achieved. It’s highly unlikely that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding will have any impact on the issue of same-sex marriage in the United States.
While gays and lesbians in states where same-sex marriage is illegal may feel that Brad and Angelina let them down, on Aug. 30, Sodahead.com questioned whether Brad and Angelina should be taken to task for breaking what some felt was a solemn vow. To be fair, Brad Pitt did give the public ample warning that he and Angelina would probably have to break that promise they made for the sake of their kids. The couple’s six children were pressuring them to walk down the aisle. For the sake of their children, were they not entitled to change their minds?
News.com pointed out on Aug. 30 that it was never actually clear if Brad and Angelina intended to hold off getting married until gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states. But when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, paving the way for recognition of same sex marriages, rumors began circulating that this ruling was enough for Brad and Angelina to wed. Shortly after that the couple got engaged.
Brad and Angelina have not done the gay community any type of disservice by getting married. Their marriage is unlikely to affect the issue of same-sex marriage one way or the other. And even though they are married now, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie probably feel just as strongly about marriage equality as they did before. Gays and lesbians nationwide can rest assured that Brad and Angelina have not kicked their cause to the curb.