Stephen Baldwin, the youngest (and least talented) of the Baldwin brothers, and recent house guest of the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, gave a revealing interview in the Guardian this weekend, in which he praised ex-gays and once again condemned same-sex marriage.
From the Guardian interview:
We speak again on the phone and I ask him what he’d do if one of his girls came out as a lesbian and the other became a stripper.
“Jesus or no Jesus, if my kid started working in a strip club, I’d beat her ass,” he hoots. “Now, the other question is interesting and culturally relevant. I have two or three very dear friends who are homosexual and they know I’m born again and we have an understanding that we’re just not going there…”
I’m not surprised. For the next 20 minutes, we have an intense discussion – argument, really – during which Stephen reveals that he’s all for gay men who, through their faith, reject their homosexuality and get married: “To turn away from that lifestyle is astonishing.” Yes, Stephen, it is. And he’s definitely not for gay marriage.
What about civil partnerships, I ask wearily.
“I believe that the family unit has fundamentally been the most positive thing for society and I don’t believe that any minority has the right to create changes that impact on the majority. That’s really the only issue for me.”
This is not Baldwin’s first time speaking out against homosexuality, who in his 2006 autobiography, details highlights from his personal life, including his days of drug abuse and ultimately becoming a born-again Christian following the 9/11 attacks.
“I don’t believe that gay marriage is in line with God’s Word, which is found in the Bible. So, what I think doesn’t matter; what I believe is what’s in the Bible and the Bible says that gay marriage is not acceptable.”
Later that year, in an interview with the TodayShow.com on MSNBC, Baldwin said:
“I don’t think it’s right that in 10 or 15 years, potentially, my son goes to a public school and reads a book about the normality of homosexuality. I don’t think that [belongs] in the public education system. In a political sense, I don’t agree with that. It doesn’t mean that I think personally that making that lifestyle choice is wrong. The Bible says it’s wrong and I believe in the Bible and I stand for that.”
Baldwin’s interview with the Guardian comes just days after being kicked-out of the Celebrity Big Brother house; he was the fourth house guest to be evicted.
During his stay in the house, Baldwin reportedly read passages from the Bible to his fellow housemates.