Actor Kirk Cameron, former "Growing Pains" star, has come under fire from gay rights activists for expressing his personal views against homosexuality to Piers Morgan on CNN.
During an interview with Morgan, March 2, about the new film "Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure," Cameron was asked about his views on social issues.
Morgan asked Cameron what was his view of gay marriage and what would he tell his children.
Cameron, 41, who is an evangelical Christian, said he would tell his children what he believed himself. "I believe that marriage was defined by God," he said.
"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 continued.
He also said that homosexuality is "unnatural."
"I think that it's detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," the actor told Morgan.
"Do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't," he said.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement in response to the actor's recent appearance on the CNN program.
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in the statement that Cameron sounded more dated than his 1980s TV character. "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."
Hollywood celebrities including actors Jane Lynch, Debra Messing, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt have slammed Cameron for his beliefs.
In an interview with TMZ.com Morgan referred to Cameron as "pretty brave" for voicing his opinions and defended his right to speak out, however "antiquated" his beliefs.
Thousands of people are supporting Cameron's right to express his beliefs against homosexuality and abortion.
Actor Stephen Baldwin appeared on HLN's Showbiz Tonight on March 5 "to support" Cameron. "He has the right to stand up and say what he believes in," said Baldwin. "What he means is the nuclear family is the origin of what this country was founded on. ... So there is marriage between a man and a woman ... and that's obviously changing."
Cameron spoke out about the backlash against his comments on opposing gay marriage.
"I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America," Cameron said in a statement released March 6.
"I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. 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.
"In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It's inescapable. But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect," said Cameron.
Cameron has also taken criticism on his pro-life views expressed in the same interview.
"I think that [abortion is] wrong, under any circumstances," said Cameron on "Piers Morgan Tonight." "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, father of six children, told Piers that he would support a pregnant daughter, even when the conception was a result of rape.
"I love my daughter, I love that little child. This is a little creature made in God's image," Cameron said. "I value life above all things."
"Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure," Cameron's latest film, is set to open as a live telecast event hosted by the actor in 450 theaters across the country on Mar. 27.
Kirk Cameron on gay marriage