This week actor, director and producer Mark Ruffalo announced that he was withdrawing his support for Brazilian candidate for president Marina Silva over her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Ruffalo was featured in a video praising Silva for her dedication to the environment and social justice background. Ruffalo said, “I think it would be a great gift to Brazil and the world to see someone with so much understanding of human struggle, of the importance and treasure of the environment and a forward looking understanding of how the economy, the environment and social economic justice are all places that need to come together in a wholesome system.”

In September, Silva withdrew her support for same-sex marriage after her campaign published campaign materials supporting marriage equality. Her team later called it an “editorial error.”

Ruffalo posted on tumblr: “It has come to my attention that the Brazilian Candidate for President, Marina Silva, may be against gay marriage. That would put me in direct conflict with her. As you know I have fought for marriage equality in my country and see it as a reflection of the quality of a candidate. I did not know this was her stand on this issue when I made the video supporting her.  I only saw her debate where she said she supported gay marriage and have come to find out after the fact that her party has pulled her support of this issue. I can not, in good conscience, support a candidate who takes a hard right approach to issues such as Gay Marriage and Reproductive rights even if that candidate is willing to do the right thing on environmental issues.” 

According to Bloomberg Government, Silva tweeted in response to Ruffalo’s announcement that she supports “gay civil marriage and expresses this in her government program.”

Mark Ruffalo is no stranger to LGBT advocacy. He recently joined HRC’s Love Conquers Hate campaign, standing up to Anti-LGBT Russian propaganda. In 2011, Mark Ruffalo and fellow actress and wife, Sunrise, joined HRC’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

HRC applauds Ruffalo’s efforts to support marriage equality at home and abroad.

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