*Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, made news last week after a Missouri newspaper printed an anti-gay letter she wrote urging Christians to vote for Mitt Romney.

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Considering the actor’s support for President Obama, her opinions came as a shock to many Pitt fans. But Pitt’s younger brother, Doug Pitt, said this morning in an interview on the Today show, “They are different.”

As previously reported, last Thursday, The Springfield News-Leader confirmed in an editor’s note that “the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.”

It was a response to another opinion piece in the newspaper espousing Christians’ rights to refuse to vote for Romney because he is a Mormon. In her letter, Jane Pitt identifies as “a Christian (who differs) with the Mormon religion” and writes “any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.”

She also notes that “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.”

Doug Pitt appeared on “Today” to talk about spoofing his famous brother in an overseas Virgin Mobile commercial, but ended up defending his mom’s right to speak her mind.

“You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different?” he said. “There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you. The bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.” [Scroll down to watch.]

Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie have long championed gay rights, with the former recently revealing his endorsement of Obama in the upcoming presidential election.

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