Orson Scott Card finally gives a response to "Ender's Game" boycott planned by the pro-LGBT group Geeks Out over the author's anti-gay views. In his statement released by Entertainment Weekly, the 61-year-old Hugo Award winner makes a plea to the gay-marriage supporters to respect his stance on the issue.
" 'Ender's Game' is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984," Card says. The Nebula winner, who got his "Ender's Game" novel published by Tor Books in 1985, then continues, "With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot."
"The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."
Geeks Out recently launched an online protest campaign named "Skip Ender's Game" against Card's controversial stance on LGBT rights.
"Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card's pockets," the group implores.
"By pledging to 'Skip Ender's Game', we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism - whatever he's selling, we're not buying."
Starring Asa Butterfield, "Ender's Game" is due out November 1.