Kirk Cameron Controversy: Should He Have Spoken Out Against Gay Marriage?Shana Aborn
What could possibly displace Angelina‘s leg and Whitney tributes on Twitter feeds and media outlets?
Kirk Cameron and his hot-button-pushing mouth.
The former Growing Pains star appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan show and said earnestly that he opposes gay marriage because “marriage was defined by God a long time ago… in the Garden [of Eden] between Adam and Eve: one man, one woman for life till death do you part.”
Kirk, himself married and the dad of six, added, “I would never attempt to redefine marriage, and I don’t think anyone else should either.”
Although he didn’t come right out and call homosexuality a sin, Kirk had a few other choice words for it: “I think that it’s unnatural, I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
That raised the ire of marriage-equality supporters, most of all the organization GLAAD, whose spokesman said that the actor is “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 because of their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.”
But should anyone really be surprised by the former Mike Seaver by now?
Since his teen-idol days, Kirk has made his name as a conservative evangelical Christian whose entertainment projects, such as the successful Left Behind video series, are strictly faith-based. A few years back, he made the round of college campuses with an edited version of The Origin of Species that refuted Darwin’s teachings and made comparisons between evolution and the Nazi vision of a master race. This year, he’s on a multi-city tour telling couples how to save their marriages using Biblical principles.
Let’s face it: the man believes what he believes, and he’s made no secret of it. Moreover, he has the right to express his views freely – that’s one of the rights we enjoy in this country. Another one is the right not to read his version of a highly regarded scientific work. And still another right we have is to work, lobby and vote to give legal rights to every married couple – even the ones Kirk Cameron believes are out to destroy the civilized world simply because of what they do in their bedrooms.
If we want to be concerned about anyone, maybe it should be Kirk’s six children. When Piers Morgan asked him what he would do if one of his kids came out to him, he replied, “Well, I wouldn’t say, ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy.’ I’m going to say, ‘You know, there’s all sorts of issues that we need to wrestle through in our life, and just because you feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything that we feel.”
In other words, a gay Cameron child had better stay celibate or find a straight partner to marry, or else.
Talk about growing pains.
[Photo: via CNN]
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