Brad Pitt on Legalizing Gay Marriage: 'Equality Is What Makes Us Great' (VIDEO)

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Brad Pitt has always been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights. That's why the actor applauds Americans for legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington in this year's election.

"Equality, absolutely, that's what defines us," Pitt told MTV of the political strides taken by the three states, which join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont in sanctioning same-sex unions. "It's what makes us great. If it doesn't sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that's us. We're equal."

But Pitt bemoaned some mainstream media coverage of gay marriage, claiming the issue is too often conflated with that of marijuana legalization. "The two are always linked together," he said. "I don't understand that."

"I do believe that we should be responsible for our own choices in talking about the drug laws, and that the drug war is an ultimate failure and that the billions and billions of dollars that we've committed to it, there's got to be a better way," he continued. "I don't believe in incarceration over education — don't get me started. But there's real damage to drugs; that is not the same as with gay marriage. Since the last round [of elections], they've been linked in every article. I find that curious."

A longtime proponent of gay marriage, Pitt famously told Esquire in 2006 that he and and now-fiancée Angelina Jolie would only tie the knot once all Americans could legally marry. And the Killing Them Softlyactor even played a part in pushing the civil rights issue in Maine, Maryland and Washington this year. Just days ahead of the Nov. 6 election, the actor donated $100,000 in matching contributions to the Human Rights Campaign's support of LGBT couples the states where marriage equality measures were on the ballot.

"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt was quoted on the HRC website. "But that's the system we have and I'm not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry.... Let's make history together."

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