Orson Scott Card, the best-selling author of the 1985 sci-fi classic Ender's Game, has responded to an online boycott by the "queer geek community" of the upcoming film adaption of his novel because of his traditional marriage stance.
"With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state," Card told Entertainment Weekly.
"Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."
The author was referring to the Supreme Court's decisions in June to strike down key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and deny an appeal against an earlier court's move to overturn California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The decisions were hailed as victories by many gay rights activists.
The "Ender's Game" movie, scheduled to be released in November 2013 and starring big names such as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, centers around a futuristic war between humans and aliens.
Gay rights supporters, however, are reminding moviegoers that Card is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage and supports traditional marriage, and urging them not to see the movie as it would be viewed as support for his stance.
"Do you really want to give this guy your money?" the petition asks "Whatever he's selling, we're not buying."
The petition declares: "The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us."
Card, who is a Mormon, wrote in an article for Deseret News in 2008 that gay marriage "marks the end of democracy in America."
"These judges are making new law without any democratic process; in fact, their decisions are striking down laws enacted by majority vote," he said of the decision to overturn the voter-approved Proposition 8.
"Remember how rapidly gay marriage has become a requirement. When gay rights were being enforced by the courts back in the '70s and '80s, we were repeatedly told by all the proponents of gay rights that they would never attempt to legalize gay marriage," the author continued. "It took about 15 minutes for that promise to be broken."