Growing Pains Showdown: Tracey Gold vs. Kirk Cameron in Gay-Rights Battle

Former Growing Pains costar speaks out against outrageous gay rights-denying comments made by actor last week

By Gina Serpe Mar 05, 2012 7:15 PMTags
Tracey Gold, Kirk CameronAdam Bouska; CNN

Tracey Gold has spoken out in the wake of the firestorm created by former Growing Pains costar Kirk Cameron's comments condemning gay marriage and homosexuality last week, taking to Twitter to make it clear exactly which side of the fence she falls on when it comes to equal rights for all.

Hint: not Kirk's.

"I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all," she tweeted yesterday. "#NOH8 #LOVE."

To further drive home her point, she even changed her Twitter icon to her NOH8 campaign image, showing her support of the legalization of gay marriage, a message that's proven quite the opposite of her equal rights-opposing TV brother.

Unwittingly or not, Cameron sparked the controversy on Friday, when he told Piers Morgan that he not only definitively did not support gay marriage, but that he would not be accepting should one of his children be gay, and called the very idea both "unnatural" and "destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."

GLAAD, naturally, was quick to condemn the comments, and urged supporters to make their criticism known.

"Cameron has the right to share his views, but as a result of GLAAD's work, people of faith who support LGBT people are making sure their voices are louder," spokesperson Herndon Graddick said today. "Thousands, including many people of faith, have shared the campaign and spoken out against Cameron's remarks.

"Kirk Cameron's statements are not only out of touch with the beliefs of most Americans, they contribute to a climate of hostility and falsely suggest that communities of faith are not accepting of LGBT people."

More than 2,000 signatures have already been added to a petition condemning the actor's comments.