Actor and Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron called homosexuality "unnatural" and "ultimately destructive" during an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.
Homosexuality is "unnatural... I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," Cameron said on Friday's "Piers Morgan Tonight" on CNN.
The 42-year-old actor, who played the character Mike Seaver on TV series "Growing Pains" in the 1980s, also commented about marriage equality. "Marriage was defined by God a long time ago," he said, adding that 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."
Morgan then asked him how he would respond if one of his six children turned out to be gay. "I'd sit down and I'd have a heart to heart with them, just like you'd do with your kids," Cameron responded. But, Morgan said, "I'd say, 'That's great, son! As long as you're happy.' What would you say?" Cameron responded again, saying, "I wouldn't say 'That's great, son, as long as you're happy.' There are all sorts of issues we need to wrestle through in our life... Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything we feel."
Cameron's remarks drew a strong reaction from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which said his views were "outrageous." "In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character," Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in a statement. "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 started a Twitter campaign telling Cameron, "It's time to finally grow up."
Although Cameron still acts, he spends much of his time in evangelism and works in partnership with Ray Comfort in the evangelical ministry The Way of the Master, and has co-founded The Firefly Foundation with his actress wife Chelsea Noble. He was an atheist until he was 17, when he became a born-again Christian. Since his conversion, he chooses story lines carefully so that he doesn't help propagate anything contrary to godly values.