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GLAAD Slams Kirk Cameron for Anti-Gay Comments

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Mar 6, 2012
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has taken issue with the homophobic remarks Kirk Cameron made on CNN’s "Piers Morgan" this weekend.

Cameron, a "Born Again" Christian who is best known for playing Michael Seaver on the ’80s sitcom "Growing Pains," told Morgan that, he believes, "marriage was defined by God. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the Garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t."

"I think that it’s...unnatural. It’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," he added.

GLAAD quickly responded to Cameron’s comments in a statement.

"In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character," Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said. "Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation."

Tracey Gold, who also starred on "Growing Pains," tweeted her support for the LGBT community.

"I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE," she wrote. The actress also changed her Twitter profile picture to her "NOH8" campaign photo.

The president of the Evangelical Network, Todd Ferrell, also criticized Cameron for his comments.

"Despite what Kirk Cameron said on CNN’s Piers Morgan program, being gay is not unnatural, detrimental, or destructive to the foundation of civilization," he said. "The church in large is part of the problem but has great potential to be a part of the solution. The church and Christianity have gotten off track by over emphasizing religious legalism and under emphasizing a relationship with God. They also are simply out of touch with where America is on equality. Churches across America are seeing lower attendance and much of this has been attributed to their non-stop preaching against gays and lesbians."

When TMZ asked Morgan about Cameron’s statements, the journalist did not defend the sitcom but did say that Cameron was brave for, "being honest to what he believed," Mediaite noted.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-03-06 11:50:06

    Kirk and Rick, sitting in a tree, d-i-s-s-i-n-g. First the gays, then gay marriage, then those gays with the baby carriage.


  • Anonymous, 2012-03-06 12:46:39

    I would just like to know how being gay or lesbian is not detrimental or destructive to the foundation of civilization? It takes a man and a woman to create a baby......if you are gay or lesbian and you want a baby, where do you go to get it?? Maybe a lab...but the basics are still the same. It takes a male’s sperm and a female’s egg to procreate. Therefore, being such is certainly not promoting civilization since you still need to resort to the God ordained way of causing civilization.....or should I say the population...to continue. Furthermore, if one were to have a relationship with God, he/she would most certainly need to apply the Holy Bible to his/her life in order to know what He expects. Let’s not forget that it is obedience to Him/His word for which you will be judged. Before you attack what I’ve stated, read it for yourselves.......Man can change what society believes...but will he change what God thinks and has set forth in His word?? One is a foolish for thinking such...and that’s not just my personal opinion...that’s Bible!


  • Anonymous, 2012-03-06 21:14:46

    To Santified1 - One does not need to have a baby to be a contributing member of society. Or to match your description, one is not being detrimental or destructive to the foundation of civilation by not having children. Please watch the video in the following link. It is a staged reading production of ’8’, Dustin Lance Black’s play based on the closing remarks of the trial challenging Proposition 8. You will see a demonstration that gay and lesbian citizens who decide to have children are anything but detrimental or destructive. http://www.towleroad.com/2012/03/8full.html


  • Ron Thibodeau, 2012-03-07 03:46:01

    Sanctified1, Just like not everyone is gay, not everyone is religious. Telling someone who isn’t religious that they must be obedient to ’the word of God’, would be as outrageous as telling a heterosexual man to get down and date his male co-worker. The bible has as much input/direction in my life as the book ’Catcher in the Rye’ did....none at all. I respect your views (even though I don’t agree with them), and wouldn’t dream of telling you how to live your life. So why do you/your God/your bible keep trying to tell me how to live mine..?


  • Anonymous, 2012-03-09 09:08:31

    Gay men and lesbian women take in the kids that the STRAIGHT COUPLE decide to not care for!


  • Dennis Smith, 2012-03-10 08:37:01

    To Anonymous: You hit the nail right on the head! Excellent comment!!!!!!!


  • Jonathan Willner, 2012-03-13 00:08:19

    Kirk Cameron is a moron. I don’t give a shit what he says. Why does anyone else?


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