Kirk Cameron is facing the backlash after stirring some controversy for his recent anti-gay statements made during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Cameron is best known for his role as Mike Seaver on 80’s and 90’s ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.”
The now 41-year-old Cameron has become a Christian evangelist, partnering with Ray Comfort, training Christians in evangelism, since his days as a child and teen actor. He and his wife also have co-founded The Firefly Foundation. The foundation runs the Firefly camp that gives families of terminally ill children who could not otherwise afford to, a free vacation for a week.
On Friday however, Cameron appeared on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ and spoke out about how he could not support gay marriages.
Cameron 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 do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Cameron also told Morgan that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “It’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Since the interview, there has been a backlash of celebrity comments about Cameron’s statements.
Former ‘Growing Pains’ co-star Alan Thicke said, “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything.”
Also former co-star Tracey Gold said, “I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE.”
Meanwhile, current ‘Modern Family’ star Jesse Tyler Ferguson said, “The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago.”
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation spokesperson Herndon Graddick said, “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.”