GLAAD Slams Kirk Cameron for Anti-Gay Comments

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Tuesday March 6, 2012

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.