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Brad Pitt's family is having a disagreement -- and instead of arguing around the dinner table, they're doing it in the papers. Last week, Brad's mother Jane Pitt wrote a letter to the editor of Missouri's Springfield News-Leader, stating her support for Mitt Romney and denouncing President Barack Obama's views on, among other things, gay marriage. Brad, of course, is a well-known supporter of marriage equality. So now it's up to Pitt's brother Doug -- who has recently achieved some fame of his own with a Virgin Mobile Australia campaign that's gone viral -- to play mediator.
During a visit to the Today Show on Monday, Doug, 46, told Matt Lauer that differences of opinion aren't unusual in the Pitt family. (Watch the clip below.)
"Moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world, so why would our family be any different?" Doug pointed out. "There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you, and I think there should be. The bad thing is when it turns into venom and negativity, and we don't have that in our family. It's open discussion; we can learn from each other."
In her letter, which was published by the newspaper, Jane Pitt defended Romney's Mormon faith and urged her fellow Christians to support the Republican candidate in the upcoming election.
"Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney's opponent, Barack Hussein Obama -- a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage," Jane wrote.
Brad, of course, has been an adamant supporter of Obama. The actor and his fiancee Angelina Jolie have met with the president several times, to discuss issues like the rebuilding of New Orleans (the mission of one of Pitt's charities) and sexual violence against women in Bosnia (a topic of Jolie's directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey).
The most famous Pitt has also been an outspoken advocate of gay marriage. For years, Brad swore that he wouldn't marry Angelina until it was legal for all U.S. citizens to marry. In May, following the news of his engagement, Brad said he was still hopeful that the U.S. could "figure out marriage equality" before he walks down the aisle.
As for Doug -- well, he's in no hurry to share his political views (though public records revealed that he donated to a Democratic Congressional campaign in 2010). What's clear is that all the Pitts are passionate about their beliefs. And even though Doug swears his family only has "healthy discussions," we'd still like to give them all a word of advice: Don't bring up politics at the wedding!