Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt has once again stood up for gay rights in a new interview with Parade magazine.

“Would it bother me if a child of mine turns out to be gay? No, not one bit. I want my kids to live the lives they want to live. I want them to be fulfilled. I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are,” Pitt said in the interview.

The star not only defended gay marriage, but pledged his full support for the gay community. “I believe everyone should have the same rights,” he said.

“They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment. When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else’. I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it – hate mail from religious groups.”

He went on to say: “It’s ridiculous that Prop 8 took away gay people’s right to marry! I have no understanding of that kind of hatred. Maybe it’s fear of difference or of the unknown. You’ve got religion telling you what to think about homosexuality, about marriage. They say homosexuality is a choice, a lifestyle, something you can be cured of, and that isn’t true. But if you’re tucked away and have no friends who are gay, you’ll believe what the preachers say. Just think of it in terms of being in love – how would you feel if someone told you that you couldn’t be with the person you loved?”

In September last year Pitt became a major contributor towards the anti-Proposition 8 campaign in California by donating $100,000 to the cause of keeping same-sex marriage legal in the state.

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