GLAAD's Outrageously Selective Outrage
1 year ago
Recent comments made on CNN drew a quick response
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Would you like an example of double standards and selective outrage? Me, too. Here’s one case of it in action.
Last Friday, former actor-turn-author and evangelical Christian Kirk Cameron appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight." When the topic turned to homosexuality and gay marriage Cameron expressed his views, stating “I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." He also explained his stance on gay marriage: “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,” Cameron said. “So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
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Within 24 hours, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement denouncing Cameron.
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, wrote “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....“With an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That’s not ‘redefining’ anything.”