With the recent Supreme Court ruling, same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide in the United States. While this is a huge step forward, and numerous people in the LGBT community are thrilled with the outcome, there are those who are less than happy with how things turned out. While political debates between liberals and conservatives rage on, the legalization of same-sex marriage has many people talking and adding in their own two cents. Though a good majority of celebrities are openly supportive of same-sex marriage, there are still those in Hollywood that don’t feel as fondly towards the subject as their fellow celebrities do.
We usually expect to find celebrities aligning themselves with what’s considered to be politically correct. So it might sometimes come as a surprise to see them take such strong stances on hot topics such as this. But there are those who are going to have controversial opinions, just like anyone else in the world. What we usually focus on is their reasoning for doing so. Religion, homophobia and generally being out of touch with what’s going on today are all factors in some of these celebrities’ opinions on same-sex marriage. While they might be in a business where word of mouth can make or break them, they still stand by their less than popular beliefs, and often manage to find people to support them regardless.
These are 15 celebrities who are against same-sex marriage.
15. Jon Voight
The veteran Hollywood actor made his feelings regarding same sex-marriage pretty clear after quickly coming to the defense of Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane, when she’d made some remarks about same-sex marriage a few years back. Voight reportedly stated that he agreed with Pitt and believes homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to marry. This might not come as too much of a surprise when you consider Voight’s age. It’s more common for a member of an older generation to have less liberal views on certain once touchy topics that are more openly accepted today. In fact, a survey released by the Pew Research Center stated that only 30% of people from Voight’s generation favor same-sex marriages.
14. Kirk Cameron
Known for his role on the hit sitcom Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron is now very active as an evangelical Christian and has some rather outdated views regarding certain issues. Gay marriage is one of them. Cameron came under fire for his outright refusal to acknowledge same-sex marriage as a legitimate union between two partners. Saying “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.”
13. Phil Robertson
Duck Dynasty star and patriarch Phil Robertson recently made some pretty jaw dropping – though not at all surprising – comments regarding homosexuality. Not to judge a book by its cover, but Robertson always seemed like the kind of person who leaned more towards conservative ideals. In an interview with GQ, he called homosexuality a sin on par with bestiality. Then went on some religious rant about sin and God, calling being a homosexual illogical in the process saying, start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” It’s evident that Robertson is as ignorant as he is misinformed in this case.
12. Angus T. Jones
If not for anything else, most people will recognize Angus T. Jones as Jake from the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. Having been out of the spotlight well before the show ended a while ago, Jones turned heads a few years back after aligning himself with doomsday theorist Christopher Hudson. Jones found Hudson through his ForeRunner Chronicles video series and admitted to enjoying and agreeing with a lot of what he had to say. So what does Hudson have to say? He believes rapper Jay-Z has ties to the devil, compares Barrack Obama to Hitler and has a very anti-gay agenda.
11. Trace Adkins
The country star had no problem letting his feelings regarding gay marriage be known to the public. Like everyone else on this list, Adkins believes that marriage should be restricted to a man and woman. Though he does believe in civil unions. Adkins believes homosexuals are entitled to the legal benefits of marriage, but draws the line at letting them actually marry, saying “please don’t call it marriage, okay? I know it’s just semantics, but words have meaning. And that’s where I draw the line.”
10. Jeremy Irons
The Oscar winning actor has a pretty bizarre, twisted view on gay marriage. An interview with the Huffington Post, Jeremy Irons opened up about some of his thoughts regarding the subject. While most people are usually supportive or disobliging, Irons came off somewhere in between. But his musings on the potential ramifications of same sex marriage were nothing short of insulting towards the LBGT community. Irons theorized that legalizing gay marriages would lead to incest down the line. Specifically between fathers and sons since, according to Irons, that doesn’t technically count as incest.
9. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The iconic actor, mostly known for his role in the Terminator franchise wasn’t shy to let people know just how he felt in regards to same-sex marriage. Though he has performed two marriage ceremonies for gay couples while in office, Schwarzenegger was firm in stating that that didn’t necessarily mean he believes in gay marriage. In fact he vetoed two same sex marriage bills in 2005 and 2007. While he is firm on his opinion that marriage should be between a man and a woman, he does believe that people should be allowed to have a ceremony – regardless of their sexual preference.
8. Victoria Jackson
The former SNL star made a living off making people laugh. But there’s nothing funny about her complete ignorance and utter disregard of decency regarding homosexuality. Now a Tea-Party activist, Jackson stated on The Howard Stern Show that she doesn’t support same-sex marriages because “that would make God mad.” Notice how a good deal of those who oppose same-sex marriage seem to have some sort of direct link with God? Astounding. Jackson went on to say that God had made Men and Women’s bodies so that they’d fit together and that God never created gay marriage – only heterosexual marriage.
7. Stephen Baldwin
The youngest, and arguably most insignificant member of the Baldwin clan is more than a little conservative with his views. That’s no different in regards to homosexuality or gay marriage. Stephen Baldwin is very much against gay marriage. No question about it. While he does claim to have some homosexual friends, the born again Christian says that it’s a topic he refuses to touch when with them. He’s also a very big supporter of gay men who change their sexuality through their faith. While most level headed people will agree that your sexuality isn’t something that can be so easily turned around, Baldwin seems to stand behind those who’d use religion to forcibly guilt others into being someone they aren’t.
6. Adam Baldwin
No, he’s not one of those Baldwin’s. But like the previously mentioned Stephen Baldwin, Adam Baldwin had some pretty shocking things to say in regards to gay marriage. The former Firefly actor caused a stir last year when he compared gay marriage to incest. Much like fellow actor Jeremy Irons’ musings on the subject, Baldwin questioned whether or not fathers and sons would get married for tax breaks. The Twitter rant gained a lot of negative attention and showed that Baldwin was willing to make up extreme, ridiculous and most of all disrespectful scenarios in order to drive through his opinions.
5. Manny Pacquiao
The Filipino boxing champ is known for being very religious. So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear that Manny Pacquiao isn’t for same-sex marriage. Citing God as his reason for believing so, Pacquiao says that the prospect of same-sex marriage is “against the law of God,” despite he himself having a gay relative. Pacquiao’s opinions on the subject got misconstrued a few years back after an interviewer asked him his thoughts on the matter. When Pacquiao pointed to the book of Leviticus it caused people to assume he was referring to a rather violent passage that called for the deaths of homosexuals. Pacquiao was quick to correct the mistake saying that while he wasn’t a supporter of gay marriage, he certainly wasn’t against homosexuals themselves.
4. Donald Trump
The multi-billionaire and current Republican presidential candidate is obviously very conservative in his views. Shockingly enough, the topic of gay marriage is no exception. Despite having been married to three different women, Trump has taken a very firm stance on same-sex marriages. But then again, you can’t very well have a Republican presidential candidate who’s open to the idea, now can you? One memorable snippet from Trump regarding the topic of gay marriage is him likening it to golf. Why is Trump so adamantly against same-sex marriage? Simple. In his words he’s a “traditionalist.” Not exactly someone you want running an entire country though.
3. Denzel Washington
One of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, Denzel Washington has never been one to beat around the bush when it comes to his Christian faith. Though he considers himself to lean strongly towards liberal ideologies, there is one subject that Washington can’t seem to agree on with other liberals. Washington is very much against the idea of same-sex marriage. Having been raised with a strong religious background, Washington doesn’t feel that homosexuals deserve the right to be married. He’s one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, so to hear that he’s got these kind of views is somewhat surprising but only goes to show that you never truly know how people are going to react to certain topics.
2. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson’s public meltdowns have been well documented over the years. The actor’s career has been maimed by a number of racist and homophobic outbursts. Gibson has been making headlines since the early ’90s by making homophobic slurs and pretty much being an outright controversy machine. His once respectable career now shadowed by his regrettable comments, Gibson reportedly once urged the late Heath Ledger to refuse the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. His views on same-sex marriage might not change any time soon, but his career is otherwise done.
1. Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris might be a pop culture icon, but the Texas Ranger star has some very strong views on same-sex marriage. Norris recently became a celebrity spokesman for the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage. Norris justifies his stance on the subject by claiming that marriage is a sacred union between man and a woman. His decision to align himself with such a group is very telling as to how strongly he feels on the matter. Norris, 74 is just another member of an older generation with dated ideologies who has been gradually fading away over time.