Former “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron told CNN’s Piers Morgan Friday that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
Cameron, an evangelical Christian, has been back in the news lately to promote his new documentary “Monumental,” about America’s founding principles. He attended the Conservative Political Action Conference last month and appeared on GBTV.
In a sit-down interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the host repeatedly pressed Cameron about his views on social issues.
“I believe that marriage was designed by God a long time ago — 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.” Cameron said when asked about his gay marriage views. “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.”
Cameron — who at first joked, “I feel like I just got imported into the Christine O’Donnell interview you did back in August” at Morgan’s line of questioning — said he does not consider being gay normal.
“I think that it’s unnatural, I think that it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” Cameron said. Asked what he would say to his son if he announced he was gay, Cameron answered, “Just because you feel one way doesn’t mean you should act on everything you feel.”
When Morgan sounded incredulous at Cameron’s answer, he replied: “Piers, you’re speaking to a man who’s a Christian and I believe all of us are sinful, that’s what I teach my kids. I teach them the values that I hold dear, I treasure the God that loves me and forgives me of my sin.”
Abortion, he said, is “wrong in any circumstances.”
“I think that someone who is ultimately willing to murder a child, even to fix another tragic and devastating situation like rape or incest or things like that, is not taking the moral high road,” Cameron said. “I think that we’re compounding the problem by also murdering a little child.”
Watch the clip of Cameron’s interview below, via Mediaite:
In response to Cameron’s statements, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation started a petition to tell the former teen heartthrob “it’s time to finally grow up.”
“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s senior director of programs at GLAAD. “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.”