A gay rights group in Ocean Grove, New Jersey plans to protest Kirk Cameron's upcoming appearance at a Christian ministry program.

Cameron is scheduled to speak on marriage on July 27 and 29, kicking off the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association's annual camp meeting week. An appearance last year on the same subject sold more than 2,400 tickets, the Asbury Park Press reported.

During a March appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Cameron said that being gay is “unnatural” and “detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” and that he would not be supportive if one of his six sons told him he was gay.

Cameron, who came to prominence playing Mike Seaver on the 80's sitcom Growing Pains, described the Hollywood backlash that followed as “hate speech” and suggested that he was being persecuted for his Christian faith.

Harriet Bernstein, co-chairwoman of Ocean Grove United, said Cameron's comments could incite others to bully.

“The ability to make derogatory comments towards gays and lesbians seems to go under the radar,” she said. “People don't seem to take it seriously.”

In a blog post announcing the protest, the group said it was counterproductive to the fulfillment of its mission for the Camp Meeting Association to endorse “prejudice and hostility toward those of its neighbors who seek nothing more than to participate in building families, communities, and our nation as a whole.”

(Related: Kirk Cameron promoted as “champion of marriage” by gay marriage foe NOM.)