March 05, 2012 05:05:30 GMT
While the 'Piers Morgan Tonight' host defends Cameron, GLAAD hits back by saying that the former 'Growing Pains' star 'sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character' in the interview.
Amid the controversy caused by the statement he made against homosexuality and gay marriage, Kirk Cameron finds one person who applauded him for having the guts to stick to his belief. When asked to weigh in by TMZ, Piers Morgan of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" deems the Mike Seaver of "Growing Pains" brave.
Acknowledging that many people would find Cameron's views "antiquated," Morgan told the gossip site, "I think that he was pretty brave to say what he said. I felt that he was honest to what he believes." He later took to Twitter to further explain, "Note: definition of word 'brave' is 'ready to endure pain or danger'. And comes from Latin word 'barbarus'."
Cameron drew criticism toward himself for his comments on the Friday, March 2 edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight". Speaking of gay marriage, he said, "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."
Asked whether he thought homosexuality was a sin, the born-again Christian replied, "I think that it's unnatural. I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." He further suggested that he wouldn't be so accepting if one of his sons tells him he was gay.
"I wouldn't say 'That's great, son, as long as you're happy,' " the father of six admitted. He continued to express his thought on the matter, "I'm going to say, '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.' "
GLAAD was quick to respond to Cameron's remarks. Herndon Graddick, the organization's Senior Director of Programs, said in a statement, "In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character. 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."
Graddick further pointed out, "With an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That's not 'redefining' anything."