07/09/2012 11:52 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Doug Pitt, Brad Pitt's Brother, Defends Mother Jane Pitt's Anti-Gay Letter To Editor

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As far as the Pitt family is concerned, it's usually Brad Pitt who makes headlines. But last week that changed when Jane Pitt, Brad's mother, penned an anti-gay, anti-Obama letter to Missouri's Springfield News-Leader.

In the op-ed, Jane Pitt wrote in part:

"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."

The paper initially claimed the woman was not related to the actor but hours later confirmed that it was in fact Pitt's mother.

Reactions from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community ranged from anger to surprise, as Brad Pitt has a long history of voicing his support for LGBT rights.

The famous actor hasn't commented on his mother's recent civic opining, but another Pitt -- Brad's younger brother Doug -- is now speaking out on the controversy.

During an appearance on NBC's "Today" to promote his new Virgin Mobile ad campaign, Doug Pitt told Matt Lauer:

"Moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world, so why would our family be any different?... 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 … maybe you learn something.”

Watch the full interview above and then view a slideshow of celebrities who have spoken out in support of LGBT rights below.