Hollywood actor-turned Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron has been the object of a nearly non-stop verbal assault over comments he made in defense of traditional marriage during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Appearing on the network’s Piers Morgan Tonight to discuss his new movie Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, Cameron commented on homosexuality, calling it “unnatural.… I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Asked his opinion about same-sex marriage, the 42-year-old actor, who starred in the 1980s sit-com Growing Pains, noted that 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 by Morgan how he would respond if his own son announced that he was “gay,” Cameron said, “I’d sit down and I’d have a heart-to-heart with them, just like you’d do with your kids." Morgan retorted that in such a case he would tell his child, “That’s great, son! As long as you’re happy.” To which Cameron responded, “I wouldn’t say, ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy.’ There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life…. Just because we feel one way doesn’t mean we should act on everything we feel.”
Predictably, immediately following the program Cameron’s comments were condemned by a slew of pro-homosexual celebrities, including Debra Messing, Zach Braff, and comedienne Roseanne Barr, who tweeted, “kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech.”
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