Brad and Angelina getting married is a slap in the face to gay Americans

Brad and Angelina getting married is a slap in the face to gay Americans
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Vince Bucci, Invision (AP)

Brian Moylan at TIME opines on the nuptials of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie:

Back in a 2006 Esquire article, Brad said that he and Angie “will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.” I can’t tell you how much this meant to gays and lesbians all over the country. They were two of the first celebrities to draw attention to the fight for marriage equality … this brought international attention to the cause and showed that they were principled people who were willing to put their beliefs before their convenience.

Now they got married in France and it just all seems like a ruse.


I’m sorry, Brangelina, but real fighters for civil rights don’t buckle under pressure when it gets hard. The couple says that their legal union means a lot to the children and that’s why they did it.

What about teaching their children about standing up for what you believe in, even when it’s tough and unpopular?

What if one of their children grows up to be gay and still can’t get legally hitched? What about all the gay and lesbian couples out there they inspired? What about all the straight mothers and fathers and siblings they enlisted to fight for marriage equality with their once-selfless act?

Read the full commentary at TIME

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