NOM to Kirk Cameron: You're Hired!
Hey, remember a few months ago, when the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) got caught in court documents blatantly trying to create resentment between the LGBT community and other minority groups? Remember how nestled in those court documents, among all their underhanded race-baiting tactics, was the revelation that they were also seeking out "non-cognitive elites" to be celebrity spokespeople for their anti-LGBT cause?
Well they finally got one.
Cameron is right to consider family to be important, but he's dead wrong to place that importance on only one kind of family.
"Kirk Cameron and the anti-gay activists at NOM are making a claim that Americans know to be false," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "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 Their implication that LGBT couples can’t create loving and stable homes is not only outdated and irrelevant; it’s designed specifically to hurt those families.”
So sorry to be the bearer of bad news to all you other non-cognitive types who had applied for the "celebrity anti-gay spokesperson" job, but it looks like the position is being filled by former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron. (Better luck next time, I guess.)
Earlier this year thousands spoke out against Kirk Cameron's statement that being gay was "unnatural," "detrimential," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization" including celebrities Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as well as Cameron's former Growing Pains co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke.
Cameron's comments also come at a time when celebrities from a diverse range of faith traditions, entertainment genres and political backgrounds including Russell Simmons, Carrie Underwood, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Alicia Keys and Dolly Parton have stated support for marriage equality.
Cameron has now aligned himself with an organization whose spokesperson and Former President Maggie Gallagher believes polygamy is better than marriage equality: "At least polygamy, for all its ugly defects, is an attempt to secure stable mother-father families for children." She also compared winning the fight to ban marriage for gay couples with the fall of communism and believes that if it is made legal, it will mean "losing American civilization." You can read more about NOM's anti-LGBT statements here.