By Breeanna Hare, CNN
Kirk Cameron lost at least one fan with his remarks about homosexuality and gay marriage last week, but the former “Growing Pains” actor is standing his ground.
He explains in a statement that he “spoke as honestly” as he could when asked about his views on “homosexuality, gay marriage and abortion” while being interviewed for his film, “Monumental,” “but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community.”
Cameron continued, “That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”
On Friday, Cameron appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” to discuss his film, among other topics.
When Piers Morgan asked the actor what he’d tell his kids regarding gay marriage, Cameron responded, “I’d tell my children what I believe myself…I believe that marriage was defined by God a long time ago. 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. 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.”
Morgan then inquired whether Cameron thinks homosexuality is a sin, and the actor replied, “I think that it’s unnatural, that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
The remarks received backlash from GLAAD, members of Hollywood and even Cameron’s former “Growing Pains” co-stars. (Alan Thicke, who played Cameron’s former TV dad, tweeted Monday, “I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything…I love Kirk but I may have to spank him…’tho not in a gay way!”)
Cameron says in response to the outcry, “The only way to properly answer these kind of questions is to begin the discussion with another question: Is life and sexuality sacred or are they not? If they are, then God has something to say about these things. If not, then everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter.
I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. I should be able to express moral views on social issues – especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years – without being slandered, accused of hate speech and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.
In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It’s inescapable. But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect.”
Cameron, 41, adds that not everyone has reacted negatively.
“I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally),” he says in his statement. “Thank you! I look forward to those who will join me as I seek to show you our true ‘National Treasure’ at the live, nationwide viewing of “Monumental” on Tuesday, March 27.”