David Archuleta is getting a lot of backlash for a tweet some people are interpreting as his support for Indiana's homophobic Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The former American Idol contestant sparked controversy when he shared a quote from Mormon Church leader Boyd K. Packer. "Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love…expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker," read the message.
Archuleta later posted an apology statement after angering fans who thought his tweet was anti-gay.
"I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday," Archuleta wrote. "I guess I didn't think about the line 'expressed between a man and a woman in marriage' being stressed when the whole quote didn't fit in just 1 tweet. I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone's freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I'm sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David."
Archuleta has been very vocal in the past about being Mormon. Back in March 2014 he completed a two-year Mormon mission in Chile.