Actor Kirk Cameron is coming under fire
for anti-gay comments he made speaking to CNN host Piers Morgan.
Cameron said during Friday's
broadcast of Piers Morgan Tonight that being gay is
destructive to society and that he would not be supportive if one of
his six sons told him he was gay.
The 41-year-old Cameron came to
prominence as a child actor, playing Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom
Growing Pains. More recently, he played Caleb Holt in the
2008 film Fireproof.
He and fellow evangelist Ray Comfort
founded the ministry of The Way of the Master.
When Morgan asked, “Do you think
homosexuality is a sin?” Cameron answered: “I think it's
unnatural, that it's detrimental and ultimately destructive to so
many of the foundations of civilization.”
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) criticized Cameron's remarks.
“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, 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.”
GLAAD also launched a
Change.org petition calling on Cameron to “finally grow up.”