Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron drew some intense criticism after he appeared on Piers Morgan’s CNN talk show Friday night and commented on homosexuality and marriage.
Namely, the evangelical Christian actor doesn’t believe in it.
“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,” he said. “I think that it’s unnatural. I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
“So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Cameron — now involved in the evangelical ministry The Way of the Master — added that he wouldn’t support it if one of his six children came out to him.
“I wouldn’t say ‘That’s great, son, as long as you’re happy.’ 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,'” the older brother of actress Candace Cameron Bure told Morgan.
His words angered gay rights groups, prompting a scathing statement from GLAAD.
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD.
“Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans… 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.”
The Fireproof actor found an unlikely ally in someone, though: Piers Morgan. The outspoken talk show host — also known for his controversial comments — commended Cameron for sticking up for his beliefs, even if they are “antiquated.”