Tracey Gold of 'Growing Pains' Tweets support of LGBT community
Kirk Cameron's remarks on homosexuality made headlines and two of his "Growing Pains" co-stars are making their opinions on the matter clear.
Tracey Gold, who starred on the series as Cameron's character's younger sister Carol, told her Twitter followers on March 4, "I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE."
Her profile on the social networking site is not verified, however, it does features a photo of the actress with an image from the NoH8 campaign. The campaign is a silent protest photo project that features celebrities and other public figures against California's Proposition 8, which sought to add a provision to the California Constitution stating that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
The campaign often features the subject in front of a white background with tape over their mouths and a "NOH8" on their cheek.
Gold co-starred with Cameron on "Growing Pains" from 1985 to 1992. Since her time on the show, Gold has starred in several television movies including two "Growing Pains" reunion films. Gold also had a documentary series on Lifetime called "Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold," which featured Gold helping women face their eating disorders. Gold publicly battled with anorexia during the run of "Growing Pains."
The actress recently appeared on "Celebrity Wife Swap" where she exchanged lives with Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson.
Cameron came under fire shortly after his appearance on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Friday, March 3. He told the host about his position on gay marriage and how he would react if one of his six children turned out to be homosexual.
"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," Cameron told Piers Morgan. "So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."
On the topic of homosexuality, the conservative actor said, "I think that it's - it's - it's unnatural. I think that it's - it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
Alan Thicke, who played the father on "Growing Pains," Tweeted on Monday: "I love Kirk but I may have to spank him...'tho not in a gay way!"
"I'm getting him some new books," he added, regarding Cameron. "The Old Testament simply can't be expected to explain everything."
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) responded to Cameron's remarks on March 3. "In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character," Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD said in a statement on the organization's website. "Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation."
Watch Kirk Cameron's interview with Piers Morgan below.