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Kirk Cameron and same-sex marriage: The Seaver family weighs in (UPDATE)

Kirk Cameron speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. (Win McNamee/GETTY IMAGES)

Cameron’s comments came as no surprise to anyone familiar with the actor turned evangelist and filmmaker’s conservative religious and political views. Still, GLAAD condemned the comments, while Piers Morgan defended Cameron’s right to express his opinion.

Now, most importantly, members of the Seaver family— Cameron’s fictional television family—have weighed in.

Tracey Gold, who played Cameron’s sister Carol on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” didn’t directly respond to her TV brother’s comments. Rather, she shared her opinion about homosexuality on Twitter:

I am a strong supporter of the #LGBTCommunity, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE

— Tracey Gold (@TheTraceyGold) March 5, 2012

Gold changed her Twitter picture to a portrait taken by the NOH8 Campaign, an advocacy organization that works for marriage equality.

Alan Thicke, who played the head of the Seaver family, said on Twitter he was unable to address Cameron’s comments until he “recover[ed] from Rush Limbaugh’s.” (Limbaugh has some under fire for calling a Georgetown University law student who argued in favor of insurance covered contraception a “slut.” The radio host has since apologized.)

I’ll address kirk’s comments as soon as I recover from rush limbaugh’s.

— Alan Thicke (@alan_thicke) March 4, 2012

Update: Thicke has recovered enough to tweet about Cameron

I’m getting him some new books. The Old Testament simply can’t be expected to explain everything.

— Alan Thicke (@alan_thicke) March 5, 2012

I love Kirk but I may have to spank him...’tho not in a gay way!

— Alan Thicke (@alan_thicke) March 5, 2012

Survey says: Seaver opinions represent 100% of Americans Differences included Just like a real family But of course’Father Knows Best!’

— Alan Thicke (@alan_thicke) March 6, 2012

Seaver matriarch, Joanna Kerns, has not weighed in on her fictional son’s comments on any social media sites. Neither has Jeremy Miller, so it seems we’ll never know Ben’s opinion on the matter.

See Cameron speak to Morgan about same-sex marriage below.

Update two: Cameron has released a statement to ABC News defending himself against criticism: “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”


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