Ensemble Cast of Emmy Favorites Support Gay Marriage in ‘8’

Aphrodite Manousos

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and a long list of award-winning actors forged their talents for a play called "8." The live reading, performed at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, was recorded by L.A. Theatre Works and aired in over 100 radio markets nationwide. The play, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Dustin Lance Black, is in support of same-sex marriage and raises money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. "8" chronicles the legal battle over California's Prop. 8, which deemed gay marriage illegal.

Pitt and Jolie's Vows

Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie have been very vocal about their support for same-sex marriage and, for a time, postponed their own nuptials in protest. Pitt even told Esquire magazine in 2006, "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."

In 2011 he reiterated his views on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," but told The Hollywood Reporter in January, "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." Although no wedding date is set, the proud parents of six children were engaged in April of this year. Pitt's rep described it as "a promise for the future."

Humanitarian Power Couple

The Hollywood power couple remains in support of gay rights and champions other political and humanitarian causes. Pitt has rallied in support of stem-cell research and combating AIDS, built sustainable homes after Hurricane Katrina and founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which supports world-wide humanitarian causes.

Jolie is well-known for her highly publicized work as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy. She also brings light to political injustices, as evident in "A Mighty Heart" and her directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which is a love story set during the Bosnian War.

Ensemble Emmy Winners for '8'

The performance for "8" by Pitt, Clooney, and an ensemble cast including, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Martin Sheen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John C. Reilly, and "Glee" stars Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, and Matthew Morrison, was live-streamed on YouTube and is available on Amazon and iTunes.

The cast of Hollywood heavy hitters have several Golden Globe, Oscar, and Emmy wins and nominations between them. Lynch, Sheen, and Lahti are Emmy winners while Bacon, Colfer, Morrison, Clooney, and Pitt have all been honored with Emmy nominations in the past.

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