Kirk Cameron stirs controversy with anti-gay comments

Kirk Cameron stirs controversy with anti-gay comments

Boston : MA : USA | Mar 04, 2012 at 9:42 AM PST
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Kirk Cameron made an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and discussed controversial social issues including homosexuality and gay marriage. However, the interview of the former 80s' TV star Friday caused quite a stir, as he labeled gay marriage as "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" and called homosexuals "detrimental" to society.

In the shocking interview, Kirk Cameron told host Piers Morgan that he felt that homosexuality was “unnatural,” adding that he was completely against gay marriage. The comments didn’t go unnoticed as The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation slammed the TV heartthrob-turned-evangelist for his outrageous comments.

"Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, in a statement.

“Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans," he argued, adding, “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.”

A GLAAD spokesman said the organization would keep track of Kirk Cameron's media bookings and other acting gigs to ensure "the news and entertainment industry is aware of his outrageous anti-gay views."

GLAAD also started a Twitter campaign, telling the “Foolproof” actor, "It's time to finally grow up."

"Growing Pains" teen idol Kirk Cameron, a born-again Christian, said on Friday's interview with Piers Morgan 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."

As for his opinion about marriage equality, actor and Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron said, "Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. 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."

When Piers Morgan asked what he would do if one of his six kids told him, "Dad, bad news, I'm gay," Cameron responded, "I'd sit down and I'd have a heart to heart with them, just like you'd do with your kids," adding, "I'd say, 'That's great, son! As long as you're happy.' What would you say?"

However, Cameron kept to his guns, saying, "I wouldn't say 'That's great, son, as long as you're happy.' There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life... Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything we feel."

42-year-old Kirk Cameron is best known for his character Mike Seaver on the 80s' TV series "Growing Pains.”

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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