People Magazine reported some coverage of an interview that Brad Pitt did this morning with Ann Curry on NBC’s Today Show, where he admitted how happy he is with his life right now. When Curry asked Pitt about marrying partner Angelina Jolie, he simply stated that the couple would do so if it was important to their children. Curry went on further at the end of the segment to remind everyone that this statement is an addendum to Pitt’s original statement, which is that he and Angelina want to get married when everyone is free to marry, regardless of sexual orientation.
The question about whether children do better from married couples or not has many schools of thought: let’s look at the Hollywood edition. Many famous couples have had children and chosen not to marry, like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis whose families have blended seamlessly. Then you have couples like Sting and Trudie Styler who lived together for ten years before they married. When asked about the wedding, Trudie stated in an interview with VH1’s Behind the Music years ago that her son Jake came home from school one day and asked, "Is it true I'm a bastard?" to which Trudie replied, “No, that's your father.” This conversation was the tipping point for them. One would hope that we’ve come a long way since then but kids can be cruel.
Inevitably, the way a couple chooses to raise their family is up to them. A lot of information can be shared to minimize teasing but we all know that Brad and Angelina take the definition of family to a whole new level with biological and adopted children in a partnership and millions of cameras pointed at them at all times. However they choose to raise their family is inevitably up to them, but as they wait like the rest of us to see if the definition of the word “marriage” will truly include all people, perhaps the definition they’re using is working for them and that’s really all that matters for their family. In the end, it is truly what’s displayed out of love that binds what is said between two people in vows. Who’s to say they haven’t already said it?