Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Engaged, but What Happened to Waiting for Equality?

Should the pair have lived up to their word and waited for gay marriage to be allowed before tying the knot themselves? Weigh in!

By Team Truth Apr 14, 2012 1:10 PMTags
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Marc Piasecki/WireImage

Mazel tov, Brangelina fans! Your day has finally come.

Brad Pitt's rep has confirmed that he and Angelina Jolie have finally taken the next step toward tying the knot (BTW, have you peeped Angie's blingtastic engagement ring?!). We love us some Brange, so we don't want to rain on this engagement parade, but should they have waited?

Here's the deal. Brad and Angelina are huge supporters of gay marriage:

"No state should decide who can marry and who cannot," Pitt told People following the passage of laws allowing for marriage equality in New York. "Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage."

It was in support of gay marriage that Brad and Angelina once vowed that they wouldn't tie the knot until equality was available for everyone in the States. Brad told Ellen DeGeneres, "I've said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country has the right to get married."

And we loved Brangelina for it! Who else had taken on the LGBT cause in such a public way?

Unfortunately, Brad caused a bit of controversy when he was asked about the declaration later:

"We'd actually like to [get married] and it seems to mean more and more to our kids," he explained to the Hollywood Reporter. "We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."

And then he was forced to clarify on those comments, telling Access Hollywood, "Why did I say that? There's an issue of equality in marriage, and we wanted to hold out until everyone had the right. I was just commenting on (1) it's really difficult [to wait] when you love someone and (2) that we're getting a lot of heat from the kids."

Well, the wait is over.

So we have to ask: Are you disappointed Brad and Angelina seemingly won't be living up to their plans to wait for marriage equality to say "I do"? Or are you understanding and thankful they fought for the cause in the first place?


Awful's "I Do¿But Do You?" Poll

Should Brad and Angelina have stuck by their equality declaration?
Yes, they made a promise, so they should have waited
No, they have to think about their kids—it's their life, their choice