Kirk Cameron, 8, NOH8: Hollywood Speaks on Gay Marriage

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Actor Kirk Cameron talked to Piers Morgan on CNN this week and told him he wasn't a fan of homosexuality or of gay people getting married. Specifically: 

"I think that it's - it's - it's unnatural. I think that it's - it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." 

And what I'm going to say is that this? This is not shocking. It may be upsetting to those of us who believe that sexual orientation should not be a factor in determining who shares our home and pretty much our everything else, down to the last legal dotted line that says that in addition to your heart, the person who chooses to commit to you completely has access to all things that any other couple would have -- legal, financial, familial. She can be in a hospital room when you are sick. He can parent your shared children. You can know that you can manage your affairs and walk this strange, difficult path together in the way that any couple would.  

But it's what he believes. Just is.  Originally known for his role as as Mike Seaver and overall teen dream on the popular sitcom Growing Pains, Cameron's conversion to evangelical Christianity is the stuff of 80s nostalgia legend, and in recent years he's become a fixture on the Christian tv and movie circuit. This qualifies him, therefore, per CNN to be a sought after expert on not only his most recent project (last year it was a firefighter Christian movie, now a documentary) but also the evangelical view on cultural and social topics of the day. 

Because I know I was dying for Mike Seaver Kirk Cameron to weigh in on gay marriage, weren't you? No? Well, Piers Morgan was. And it's not just Piers. Last year, Anderson Cooper tried to goad Cameron into admitting that there was some supernatural force causing all of those birds to fall from the sky, and the fish to die in Arkansas. (Remember those?) And to his credit then, as I wrote elsewhere, Mike Seaver I MEAN KIRK CAMERON, took a fairly measured road. He didn't say it was God killing the fish and birds or anything. He pretty much said he didn't know.

But what he does know for sure is that being gay is not okay, and that no way in you-know-where should gay people get married.

Cameron spoke up yesterday on his Facebook page, with a clarification that not only included his love for all people, but an unfortunate plug for his new documentary (that could have waited, dude. Seriously.) Oh, wait, he also has gay friends: 

In some people’s eyes, my responses were not sufficiently "loving" toward those in the gay community. I can only say that it is my life's mission to love all people, and that I expressed the same views that are expressed clearly and emphatically throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures. As a Bible believing Christian, I could not have answered any other way.

I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally) in the wake of condemnation by some political advocacy groups. In the case of one of my gay friends, we regularly talk and have healthy and respectful debate. We learn from each other, and serve others alongside one another. I thank God for all of my friends...even when they hold very different views on issues of faith and morality. I do not, however, believe that the right way to advance our views is to resort to name-calling and personal attacks, as some have done to me. 

I also believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. I should be able to express moral views on social issues--especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years--without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach "tolerance" that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.

GLAAD had a problem with Mike Seaver's Kirk Cameron's remarks and spoke out, as is the role of an advocacy group with a crucial charge at an important time.

In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “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. 

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