Hollywood star Brad Pitt has made a large donation to a campaign fighting an attempt to ban gay marriage in California.

His $100,000 (£54,840) donation to the campaign against Proposition 8 was announced yesterday.

“Because no one has the right to deny another their life even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another, and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” Mr Pitt said in a statement.

Proposition 8 is an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot in November.

It would amend the state Constitution to “eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry.”

In May the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriages in the state.

The Court voted 4 to 3 to strike the ban on gay marriage in California.

Opponents of gay marriage raised over one million signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.