Candace Cameron Bure to Drag Queen: 'Loving Jesus Doesn't Mean I Hate Gay People'

Candace Cameron-Bure arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2014 in Los Angeles, California August 10, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

Candace Cameron Bure responded to popular drag queen Bianca Del Rio on an insulting Instagram post which pegged the actress a "homophobic Republican."

The "Fuller House" star responded on Instagram last week when Bianca Del Rio re-posted a photo of Bure wearing a T-shirt that said "Not Today Satan" with a caption written by Rio stating, "IF ONLY THIS HOMOPHOBIC REPUBLICAN KNEW."

Roy Haylock, better known as Bianca Del Rio, is a drag queen who won the sixth season of Rupaul's "Drag Race" which aired on VH1. He decided to pick on Bure because the catchphrase "Not Today Satan" was a phrase he believes he made popular.

Since Bure re-emerged in mainstream media, she has suffered a great deal of criticism for her conservative Christian views. The actress constantly addresses her naysayers and after receiving a slew of insults from Rio followers she responded to the costume designer's post as well.

"Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don't know me or my heart. I'm not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn't mean I hate gay people or anyone. You sent a bunch of hateful people to my page writing horrible things. I hope next time you'll spread love and kindness, even when you disagree with people. Sending you love and wish you all the best. Truly. – Candace," she said in response.

Bure has talked about her stance on homosexuality in relation to religious freedom in the past.

During her time on "The View," Bure regularly talked about religious freedom and had a few televised disagreements. One was with co-host Raven-Symoné over a Christian's right to not participate in same-sex ceremonies with wedding cakes and flowers, and another was in defense of a public high school football coach's right to pray with student athletes after games.

The Christian Post reported on Bure and Symoné's debate in 2016 in which the actress argued in defense of Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein who were ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony.

However, Bure's claims that she is not "homophobic" were backed up in separate comments made during a Television Critics Association panel held before the premiere of season one of "Fuller House." The 40-year-old was pressed to talk about her reaction to the possibility of integrating LGBT-related issues into the plotlines of her now hit series.

"I'm an actress on a television show, and I support all things that we go through as human beings and would love all our characters to explore whatever issues that are current in our culture and our society today," she said, according to Deadline. "And I'm 100 percent on board with that."

Bure has always stayed clear of publicly addressing her stance on same-sex marriage although she has always affirmed her Christian faith and stance. Her brother, Kirk Cameron, has been more vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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