Kirk Cameron has come in for criticism after recording an anti-gay marriage video for the National Organization for Marriage.
The former child actor has been heavily criticised for his anti-gay views, telling Piers Morgan in March that homosexuality was “unnatural… I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
In the new NOM video, Cameron says: “If we want a great future in this world, we have to take God at his word, and God makes it really clear that society and civilization is really held together by the glue of families.”
He says: “It needs to be a home that is full of faith, and in order to have that kind of a home, marriages need to be strong because that’s ultimately going to serve as the foundation for our family, right, a strong marriage? When a man and a woman come together and say ‘I do,’ they are committing for a lifetime to love each other and to model what love is and what forgiveness is and what joy is to their kids.”
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement following the video: “Kirk Cameron and the anti-gay activists at NOM are making a claim that Americans know to be false.
“This rhetoric won’t work anymore. Communities across this country love and cherish their LGBT neighbors, friends and family members. This includes people in families headed by LGBT people. Their implication that LGBT couples can’t create loving and stable homes is not only outdated and irrelevant; it’s designed specifically to hurt those families.”
GLAAD obtained strategy documents of NOM’s which recommended gathering a community of “glamorous non-cognitive elites” to help it oppose marriage equality.