Kirk Thomas Cameron, known for his role as Mike Seaver on the situational comedy "Growing Pains" as well as several other television and film appearances as a child actor, has offended GLAAD with his anti-gay comments.
Kirk Cameron's comments were directed towards Piers Morgan on gay marriage and they have stirred a lot of controversy.
Cameron said during last night's "Piers Morgan Tonight" that he did not support gay marriage. He said, "I think that it's ... unnatural. I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
Kirk Cameron, who converted from being an atheist to a conservative Christian during the 1980s, categorized gay marriage as "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" and called homosexuals "detrimental" to society.
Referring to the marriage, he said, "I believe marriage was defined by God a long time ago... One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage."
Cameron then added, "So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said he felt Kirk Cameron was "out of step with a vast 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."
When Cameron was 17 and working on "Growing Pains", he developed a belief in God and became a born-again Christian. He considers this conversion to be the result of one of the best realizations he has ever had.
After converting to Christianity, he began insisting that storylines be stripped of anything he thought was too adult or racy in "Growing Pains". Kirk Cameron agreed to appear in the "Growing Pains" movie, for which the entire main cast reunited. Cameron said, "It’s a lot less crazy of a time than when we were teenagers. It’s an opportunity to begin new friendships as adults, and I’m really looking forward to that.”