Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage
March 7th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN)–Kirk Cameron lost at least one fan with his remarks about homosexuality and gay marriage last week, but the former "Growing Pains" actor is standing his ground.

He explains in a statement that he "spoke as honestly" as he could when asked about his views on "homosexuality, gay marriage and abortion" while being interviewed for his film, "Monumental," "but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community."

Cameron continued, "That is not true. I can assuredly say that it's my life's mission to love all people."

On Friday, Cameron appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight" to discuss his film, among other topics.

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When Piers Morgan asked the actor what he'd tell his kids regarding gay marriage, Cameron responded, "I'd tell my children what I believe myself...I believe that marriage was defined by God a long time ago. 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. 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."

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  1. amanda mccoy

    you know what ive had it with the whole gay church thing. its a joke! it says in the BIBLE in many places that it is a sin to be gay. so you cant have it both ways either go to GOD all the way or have the nerve to stand up and say you dont care what he thinks and your gonna do what your gonna do. going to a gay church is a waste of time, if your not going to stop sining and repent for it (and it says right in the BIBLE it is a sin) your not going to HEAVEN plain and simple. it sounds like im being mean and hateful but i'm not it is a fact. i am a christian and i am not mean to peole just because they are gay, ive meet plenty of nice people who are .but i dont agree with it and i never will be cause the LORD says its wrong. he is the one who created us so im going with what he has layed down for us to follow.i sin couse im not perfect, but i ask for forgiveness everytime i do. if your gay and not sorry for it, your not repenting for your sin. so how does that make you right with GOD? i'm just trying to be honest, you cant have it both ways so pick a side . i would also like to know what people expect when that ask a known christian about their viwes on gay people. its just a trap to bash a christian. i know people will be hateful for what i've writen but that is your right and i love everyone anyway and i will still pray for you. i wish EVERYONE the best and lots of love and hope. GOD BLESS YOU ALL <3

    March 13, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Yo!

      "i am a christian and i am not mean to peole just because they are gay, ive meet plenty of nice people who are .but i dont agree with it and i never will be cause the LORD says its wrong."

      It is not a sin, people who are prejudice and hateful read that into the scriptures. Nowhere in your bible does your god condemn gay people as we know and understand it today. What your bible does condemn is male prostitution, and idolatry. Part of reading comprehension 101 is that you put the scriptures into historical context! Romans is talking about using sex to worship a pagan god, now don't take snippets now...scroll up in the scriptures to get the REAL meaning about what is written. Corithians the word homosexual was added later and what it was really talking about if you look at the original Greek words is male prostitution, but you were probably to lazy to do your homework. Let's guess you listened to your prejudice and bias preacher. It’s why there are gay churches, even gay clergyman and why so many pastors actually wrote an apology letter to the gay community. The problem is just because you hold your prejudice doesn’t mean you have the right to block their civil rights. You have a choice on choosing your religion, they DON”T have a choice on being gay!

      March 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • sam stone

      Yep, amanda, nothing more convincing than edited, translated, iron age hearsay

      March 14, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  2. Nii

    I've been a shepherd be4. When I saw my lambs pretending 2 mount each other playfully regardless of s.ex I didnt put it down as gay behaviour. It is virtually impossible when people try 2 use science 2 answer why rather than how 2 believe them. That is why I am not an atheist neither do I hate gays.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Concerned christian

    At this rate, America is set for a fall. Any nation that turns its back on God after tasting of His mercies, blessings and goodness, is on its way down. Oh America... many have come and gone making the same mistake in the past! So carry on unperturbed.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • Yo!

      "At this rate, America is set for a fall. Any nation that turns its back on God after tasting of His mercies, blessings and goodness, is on its way down."

      No one is turning against god moron, they are giving a minority group their civil rights. You do realize there are gay churches, gay clergy and other religious organizations that have stated being gay as we know it TODAY is not a sin. Why do you think so many pastors have gone on record apologizing to the gay community. What is bringing American society down is the constant fueling of hate and bigotry towards this group by Christians like YOU!

      March 12, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • mollyd

      Cameron is gay. He is a liar. He is totally gay. This too, shall pass............he is a fraud........

      March 13, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • mollyd

      You are nuts.......really.........

      March 13, 2012 at 2:32 am |
  4. Robert

    What is the ultimate legacy of Gay Marriage? There's no posterity. There's no lasting legacy to hand down to others. After thousands of years, the family name STOPS with the current generation. All that can be said for it is that two people focused all their energy on each other. If there are children involved, they did NOT spring from the union of the two involved. If everyone believed this way, the race would die out within one generation.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • mollyd

      Cameron will come out. He is so gay, it is so obvious. He is a liar.

      March 13, 2012 at 2:27 am |
  5. PRISM 1234

    the proof you want, the proof you shall get... But not on your terms, but His. and it's not for us who have proof to give it to you...it's for every one to seek God for him/herself.
    The wise seek Him, and find Him if they seek Him with all of their heart.
    The fools say I don't have proof, so I won't seek Him. But they too will get their proof... Just on His term, not theirs!
    You see, we all have the same chance to have the proof we want, but some just squander theirs! Eternity is a loooooooong time, and no more chances. And you won't be able to blame God, because you had yours!

    March 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Steve

      "You see, we all have the same chance to have the proof we want, but some just squander theirs! Eternity is a loooooooong time, and no more chances. And you won't be able to blame God, because you had yours!"

      All you're proving is your god is a monster!

      March 12, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • SPA Knight

      This was the second reading this Sunday – First Corrinthians 1:22-25 "While the Jews (the chosen) demand miracles and the Greeks (the gentiles) look for wisdom, we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentiles foolishness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the power of God and the wisdom of God. God's folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • mollyd

      Quote your total FICTION!!!!!! No one cares.
      Cameron is gay. He will be exposed......he is a fraud.........ha ha ha ha ha ha

      You are all nut-cases.......

      March 13, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  6. Salero21

    Of course is "natural"... for those who are involved in it, the lost and the deviants anything that goes against God is the "natural" thing to do.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Of course is "natural"... for those who are involved in it"

      Actually moron, it's the experts that have said that so obviously you have no idea what you are talking about, especially when you factor in that it's been documented in over 1500 other species on this planet. Your prejudice an bigotry is founded in hate and not facts.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • mollyd

      Bottom line....is that Cameron is gay. Always has been. He'll come out of that closet soon. He is totally gay. What a liar

      March 13, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • mollyd

      Cameron is so gay. He is a liar and a fool.
      Gays are honest. Cameron and his lot are not..........he will be exposed............he is a fraud..........

      March 13, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  7. Nii

    @MOMOYA-If it was easier than it is now most will still not find it easy. What is hard about making "I love my neighbor as myself" ur main thought 4 de day n carrying it out? It is that simple but I'm sure u found an excuse not to as a minister n u won't now as an atheist. This is de Bible's key.

    March 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Nii

      Rightly dividing the Word of Truth means using the two Greatest Commandments of Agape love as a key to understanding the Bible. A lot of Fundamentalists think it means literal interpretation but it does not. It means contextual interpretation based on passages rather than verses of Scripture.

      March 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  8. Nii

    There is proof that adultery is innate, there is proof also that murder is innate. However these r not unique so why is being gay unique. As I said u just want them 2 b different because u can't bear de thought that u can also do it. We all have a s.ex drive. How u satisfy it does not make u differ.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Yo!

      "There is proof that adultery is innate, there is proof also that murder is innate. However these r not unique so why is being gay unique."

      We keep posting the facts to you and you keep twisting them to try and justify your hatred and prejudice. This is about civil right maybe it's time you stop making up lies and get the real facts. Your opinion is worthless.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  9. Nii

    Truth-the Bible helps people to live an emotionally mature n morally fulfilled life when they obey it
    Fact-the historicity of the Bible is in dispute by some scholars though for most the historicity can be relied on.

    March 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  10. pacman357

    Kirk. Come out of the closet.

    Ever notice how it seems like about half the time some public figure makes these kinds of statements, we find out later that they were carrying on some gnarly affair with a pool boy, or groping boys in the locker room? I'm just sayin....

    March 10, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  11. False Dichotomy

    "The Bible is the only History Book you will ever get that has Truth and facts"

    This belief automatically disqualifies a person from participating in a rational or logical discussion. If from the start one is unwilling to acknowledge any observation, any fact, any evidence from the world around them then they are simply not qualified to contribute to any discussion of that world. It is an utterly irrational perspective.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Haime52

      Perception, is not reality. To "rightly divide the word of truth" is not always an easy thing, and nearly impossible for most. There is truth and there is fact! Only someone unthinking, and uncareing would deny that. "Dividing" the two "rightly" is the trick so few have mastered. I, for one, am still working on that. I certainly don't have all the answers, no one does. The second you think you do, you only show yourself a fool.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Nii

      What is so irrational and illogical about stating ur position. U refuse to acknowledge the Bible as learning that is helpful to human progress n someone thinks otherwise. For sure it is irraational n illogical for u not understanding the Bible to make such claims without due consideration.

      March 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • momoya

      @ Haime52

      You'd think god would try to make it a little bit easier–at least on the believers..

      March 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  12. Dwayne Woodley

    sooo many people support gay marriage, unfortunately religion has made it acceptable to for people to be gay and married. religion is poison to mankind. all religion is, is an idea that has become a belief, base on men leaning upon there own understanding. Religon it's the way people majority of people percieve God from there veiw, and most of time people make excuses on why they keep doing the things they do, because they feel God is like this or like that, so they can fool themselves and continue on with the life their leading. The bible is the word of God. The bible has the truth in it, inspite of what religon teach that's contradicting to the bible. 1 corithians 6:9 says " What! Do you not know that unrigheous persons will not inherit God's Kingdom? DO NOT BE MISLED. Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men, nor thieves,nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers nor extortioners will inherit God's kingdom"

    March 10, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Yo!

      "1 corithians 6:9 says "

      Yo moron it might help if you actually could spell. That passage has to do with male prostitution, not gays as we know and understand it today. The experts have stated that being gay is not a choice, it's not mental illness and it can't be voluntarily changed. So how many people in your church have to gone to that you know are divorced and told them they are adulterers, how many alcoholics do you know in your life (more than 2 drinks a day) and told them they are a drunkard going to hell. You’re probably a coward and don’t tell them because you only want to spread the hatred and bigotry towards this particular minority group without knowing all the REAL facts!

      March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  13. Gumby

    Who cares what that laughable dolt Kirk Cameron thinks? He's a long-washed-up has-been who follows the kookiest brand of fundamentalist Christian tripe there is, and thinks Ray "The Banana Fits In My Hand, Therefore Jesus" Comfort is a genius.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  14. Kebos

    Cameron is a raging lunatic and should be out standing on a ledge.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  15. bobcat

    So he stands by his belief that all humans are the product of incest from one pair of humans offspring but opposes marriage equality?

    March 10, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • Nii

      I am thinking that for u to define incest u will also know that laws don't act retrospectively. If u can quote a law c6000 BC in Mesopotamia that makes incest a crime u have won. We Xtians r legal experts as we have Laws in the Bible. Legalism won't help u against us.

      March 10, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • tallulah13

      The bible has no legal standing in the United States. Our rights and laws have to adhere to our Consti.tution. That's the beauty of living in the U.S.: Religion is separate from government.

      March 10, 2012 at 3:25 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "We Xtians r legal experts as we have Laws in the Bible"

      Please tell that to a judge Nii.

      March 10, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • Gumby

      Ha ha. Nii is a fine example of a Christian who thinks that Christians are exempt from the law of the land because they mumble the name of Jeebus.

      March 10, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • Haime52

      Incest? Really? Are you saying that God did make them without perfect DNA or that there is some natural law against incest. Many species inbreed, at times. Are humans somehow special that we can't, by nature? Incest was not forbidden, in biblical times until Moses. The rest are human constructs to minimize the ill effects of such unions, even though the chances are only 25% for retardation. Huntington's has a 50% chance of transmission and no one forbids those folks to not marry and have kids. So, for the main part, those laws you speak of are biblically based. Oops!

      March 10, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Nii

      who is that making noise about US laws! If u make accusations which r outside ur jurisdiction n has no legal basis u believe it works??? There r US laws which Ghanaians find inhuman but u may feel it is good. Same with Adam n Eve. Opinion is not the same as legal opinion.

      March 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Nii

      One of the things a Christian learns is how law works. This is because those laws were to be applied in the context of an actual government not in a religious community.

      March 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  16. saywhat?

    I guess the 'tolerant, open-minded' crowd is only tolerant of people who agree with them. Doesn't seem to be room for another view. Hmmm.....

    March 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Nope. He has the right to think what he wants. I have the right to think that he's a misinformed individual who advocates discrimination based on 2000 year old mythology, not on fact. See how that works?

      March 10, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • Gumby

      Christer Persecution Complex. Waahh, waahh, wahh.

      March 10, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  17. Sam

    I think the Englishman needs to head back to the other side of the pond.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Gumby

      No, prayer does not change things. Not now, not ever. As the saying goes, two hands doing something are more effective than 1,000 hands clasped in prayer. Prayer is for fools who do nothing, but want to convince themselves that they are,.

      March 10, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is the act of talking with God. Great inspiration has come from people of prayer. Inspiration and ideas that have formed the basis for how we live, even the advances we make in all fields. To launch into "work" with two hands without inspiration and purpose is to do the work of a fool. Before any effective work can be done there must first be knowledge and then a plan. God provides both in prayer.

      March 10, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Jesus

      ~~~~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~~...

      March 12, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  19. James

    Kirk is right. Stand by what you believe. You're a good man, Kirk. Stay strong!

    March 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Kirk is right."

      No he is NOT! All the experts in the world disagree with him including many Christians! All he is showing the world is that his prejudice is not based on FACTS!

      March 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Keith

      I agree with James. Kirk is right. Yo! is WRONG.

      March 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hmm. Yet you, Keith, believed that Obama said he was a Muslim. And you were rightly scorned for your idiocy.

      Why should anyone think you're better informed about this issue, given your history and your obvious stupidity?

      March 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • tallulah13

      There is more evidence to prove that hom.ose.xualtiy it innate than there is proof of any god. Therefore, I say Kirk Cameron is absolutely wrong, and that he is advocating bigotry based on mythology. This is me, standing up for what I believe. Are you going to praise me too, or do you only think that people who share your opinion should stand up for what they believe?

      March 10, 2012 at 3:32 am |
    • Gumby

      Go back to sleep and dream of your blood-soaked Rapture, James.

      March 10, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • sam stone

      james: how is denying people their civil rights "right"?

      March 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • sam stone

      keith: how is denying people their civil rights "right"?

      March 14, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  20. t

    Choices are choices we decide to make based on ?
    However, choices have an effect on what the outcome will be...according to God..So..make sure you decide to choose wisely..their is power in our words and choices in life....our words can snare us ...or they can bring us in right standing with God...even our thought life is a battle ground ...we have been given the best gift ever...to choose...either to choose to live forever with our Savior...Creator or choose to be seperated from him forever...So...yes, wouldnt you rather reign victoriously or be rained on in defeat...at the end of your life...we all will be judged in the end how we obeyed the call of God in our lives....what we did with that calling...or if we chose to shun the very existence of God ...or plug our ears from hearing the Gospell that will save...Say...we too must make that stand ...sooner or later...why not sooner?

    March 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Put down that doobie.

      March 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      t... myths are helping to keep you in line....just the way they are designed...I hope one day you can open your eyes and see the real truth ...and the beauty. The atoms in your body came from stars that went supernova eons ago..you may have atoms in you that were part of tree or dinosaur, or a long dead planet. The iron in your blood, your car, the cross in your church was all forged in the crucible of a star... so in a way a sun did die so you could live... but it is just spelled a little different.

      March 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Your argument would be more compelling if there were only a single shred of proof that backed the existence of your god. Without proof, any discrimination based on the bible can only be considered unfair and wrong.

      March 10, 2012 at 3:48 am |
    • Erik

      "Choices are choices"

      Being gay is not a choice. I hate to burst any bubbles, but science, in fact, is actually not in dispute on this matter.

      All major medical professional organizations concur that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be changed, from gay to straight or otherwise. The American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and European Psychological, Psychiatric, and Medical Associations all agree with this, as does the World Health Organization and the medical organizations of Japan, China, and most recently, Thailand. Furthermore, attempts to change one's sexual orientation can be psychologically damaging, and cause great inner turmoil and depression, especially for Christian gays and lesbians.

      Reparative therapy, also called conversion therapy or reorientation therapy, "counsels" LGBT persons to pray fervently and study Bible verses, often utilizing 12-step techniques that are used to treat sexual addictions or trauma. Such Christian councilors are pathologizing homosexuality, which is not a pathology but is a sexual orientation. Psychologically, that's very dangerous territory to tread on. All of the above-mentioned medical professional organizations, in addition to the American and European Counseling Associations, stand strongly opposed to any form of reparative therapy.

      In my home country, Norway, reparative therapy is officially considered to be ethical malpractice. But there are many countries that do not regulate the practice, and many others that remain largely silent and even passively supportive of it (such as the Philippines). Groups that operate such "therapy" in the Philippines are the Evangelical Bagong Pag-asa, and the Catholic Courage Philippines.

      The scientific evidence of the innateness of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism is overwhelming, and more peer-reviewed studies which bolster this fact are being added all the time. Science has long regarded sexual orientation – and that's all sexual orientations, including heterosexuality – as a phenotype. Simply put, a phenotype is an observable set of properties that varies among individuals and is deeply rooted in biology. For the scientific community, the role of genetics in sexuality is about as "disputable" as the role of evolution in biology.

      On the second point, that there is no conclusion that there is a "gay gene," they are right. No so-called gay gene has been found, and it's highly unlikely that one ever will. This is where conservative Christians and Muslims quickly say "See, I told you so! There's no gay gene, so being gay is a choice!"

      Take this interesting paragraph I found on an Evangelical website: "The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene" – meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are 'born that way.'"

      But that's not at all what it means, and it seems Evangelicals are plucking out stand-alone phrases from scientific reports and removing them from their context. This is known in academia as the fallacy of suppressed evidence. Interestingly, this is also what they have a habit of doing with verses from the Bible.

      This idea of sexuality being a choice is such a bizarre notion to me as a man of science. Many of these reparative "therapists" are basing this concept on a random Bible verse or two. When you hold those up against the mountain of scientific research that has been conducted, peer-reviewed, and then peer-reviewed again, it absolutely holds no water. A person's sexuality – whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual – is a very deep biological piece of who that person is as an individual.

      The fact that a so-called "gay gene" has not been discovered does not mean that homosexuality is not genetic in its causation. This is understandably something that can seem a bit strange to those who have not been educated in fields of science and advanced biology, and it is also why people who are not scientists ought not try to explain the processes in simple black-and-white terms. There is no gay gene, but there is also no "height gene" or "skin tone gene" or "left-handed gene." These, like sexuality, have a heritable aspect, but no one dominant gene is responsible for them.

      Many genes, working in sync, contribute to the phenotype and therefore do have a role in sexual orientation. In many animal model systems, for example, the precise genes involved in sexual partner selection have been identified, and their neuro-biochemical pathways have been worked out in great detail. A great number of these mechanisms have been preserved evolutionarily in humans, just as they are for every other behavioral trait we know (including heterosexuality).

      Furthermore, there are many biologic traits which are not specifically genetic but are biologic nonetheless. These traits are rooted in hormonal influences, contributed especially during the early stages of fetal development. This too is indisputable and based on extensive peer-reviewed research the world over. Such prenatal hormonal influences are not genetic per se, but are inborn, natural, and biologic nevertheless.

      Having said that, in the realm of legal rights, partnership rights, and anti-discrimination protections, the gay gene vs. choice debate is actually quite irrelevant. Whether or not something is a choice is not a suitable criterion for whether someone should have equal rights and protections. Religion is indisputably a choice, but that fact is a not a valid argument for discriminating against a particular religion.

      This is not an issue in dispute. According to modern science: baby, you were born this way.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:19 am |
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