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October 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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Brad Pitt is offering up to $25,000 in matching funds for the Referendum 74 campaign

Less than a week before the election, actor Brad Pitt has offered to contribute up to $25,000 to benefit Referendum 74, which would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington state. Working with The Human Rights Campaign, he has made the same offer in the other three states with same sex marriage on the ballot: Maine, Maryland and Minnesota.

That might make a difference in countering the rash of negative and often misleading ads opponents have been running.

Let's just hope Pitt doesn't do a reprise of his bizarre ads for Chanel No. 5 that have been spoofed on Saturday Night Live (see above).

Pitt will match contributions made through HRC at this site.

Supporters have far out-raised opponents. As of Tuesday, The Associated Press reported, supporters raised about $11.9 million, while opponents, Preserve Marriage Washington has raised only $2.6 million.

"We never expected to match the other side dollar for dollar," said Chip White, a spokesman for Preserve Marriage, told the AP. "We just needed to raise enough money to get our message out."

The Seattle Times editorial board has recommended voters approve Referendum 74. For more information, please take a look at the editorial board's "I do" social-media campaign to support Referendum 74.

And vote!

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