Actor and former teen idol Kirk Cameron, best known for starring in the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, has told television viewers that homosexuality is unnatural and destructive.
Cameron (41), who played the character of Mike Seaver in the show, appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday to expound his anti-gay views.
“I think that it’s – it’s – it’s unnatural. I think that it’s – it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilisation,” said Cameron, a born again Christian, about homosexuality.
When asked by Morgan if he supports same-sex marriage rights, he replied: “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. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) hit back at the actor.
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Graddick.
“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.”
The organisation accused the actor of “desperately trying to remain in the public eye by using anti-LGBT rhetoric”.
It noted that while Cameron is using his platform to speak out against gay people, his Growing Pains co-stars including Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt and Hilary Swank have spoken out for LGBT equality and are enjoying critically successful careers.
Joanna Kerns, who played Cameron’s mom on Growing Pains also co-starred in the cult hit All Over The Guy as the mother of a gay man.