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Old 03-06-2012, 05:42 PM
Kirk Cameron has responded to the criticisms.

Kirk Cameron defends anti-gay diatribe: I should be able to express myself without being accused of 'hate speech'
The actor says he spoke 'as honestly as I could'

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 5:16 PM

Actor Kirk Cameron has been on the defensive since his anti-gay remarks on CNN ignited an uproar.

Kirk Cameron, who has come under fire for calling homosexuality “unnatural,” says he’s the one who’s a victim of “hate speech.”

The 41-year-old “ Fireproof” actor has been on the defensive since igniting an uproar after saying same-sex marriage was “destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” during an interview Friday with CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Though he became a break-out star on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” Cameron has since become an evangelical Christian who is vocal about his religious.

“I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community,” he told ABC News in an emailed statement Tuesday. “That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.

“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.”

Cameron added that he has been encouraged by the support of gay friends.

A spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation though was unimpressed by Cameron’s clarification.

“Saying that gay people are ‘detrimental to civilization’ might be ‘loving’ in Kirk Cameron’s mind, but it’s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas,” said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs and Communications.

“Cameron used his platform to attack gay Americans and is now attempting to play victim in an effort to sell his upcoming movie. That Cameron would risk the health and safety of young people in order to do so speaks for itself.

“So many Americans, popular celebrities and Christian leaders have stood up and said his views are out of touch. The fundamental dignity of gay people should no longer be a debate in this country.

“Obviously, Cameron has the right to recite his anti-gay talking points, just like fair-minded Americans have the right to tell him that his views are harmful and have no place in modern America.”

Cameron’s “Growing Pains” co-star Tracey Gold quickly distanced herself from her on-screen brother’s comments over the weekend.

“I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE," she tweeted.
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