LOS ANGELES — Actor Kirk Cameron says he shouldn't be accused of hate speech for responding honestly when he was asked what he believed about homosexuality and gay marriage.
Cameron told CNN's Piers Morgan that marriage "was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve — one man, one woman for life." He added that in his view, homosexuality is "unnatural," "detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
That prompted gay advocates to launch an online petition that has more than 6,000 signatures. It says Cameron's views are "out of step" with other people of faith who believe gays and lesbians should not be "condemned because of their sexual orientation."
The Christian actor responds in a statement that he tries to love everyone, but believes "God has something to say about these things." Cameron adds that people who preach tolerance shouldn't expect him to be silent or bend his "beliefs to their moral standards."