Who Said It: Kirk Cameron or Anita Bryant?

Child Stars, Controversy

In the spirit of the mystery-quote meme, who said what about gays and gay rights: Kirk Cameron or Anita Bryant?

  1. “I have never had any hate in my heart for any of them as individuals.”
  2. “I think it is is my life’s mission to love all people.”
  3. “Homosexuality is immoral and against God’s wishes.”
  4. “In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed.”
  5. “The Bible clearly says homosexuality is an abomination.”
  6. “If homosexuality were the normal way God would have made Adam and Bruce.”
  7. “Marriage is old as dirt, and it was defined in the Garden between Adam and Eve.”
  8. “I think that it’s [homosexuality] is unnatural.”
  9. “I think that it’s [homosexuality] is detrimental.”
  10. “I should be able to express moral views on social issues…without being slandered.”
  11. “When God calls you to do something, and when it’s put upon you in such a way that you’re boxed in, it has to be.”
  12. “There’s nothing like the love between a woman and a man.”

Answer key:

  1. Bryant, at National Religious Broadcasters Association Convention, 1978.
  2. Cameron, on his Facebook page, 2012.
  3. Bryant, quoted in The Advocate, 1977.
  4. Cameron, Ibid.
  5. Bryant, quoted in Time, 1977.
  6. Bryant, quoted in Newsweek, 1977.
  7. Cameron, Ibid.
  8. Cameron, on Piers Morgan Tonight, 2012.
  9. Cameron, Ibid.
  10. Cameron, on his Facebook page, 2012.
  11. Bryant, quoted by Associated Press, 1978.
  12. Bryant, who technically didn’t say this—she sang it, on a 1977 single.


Sorry if it was too easy. Sorry if it’s already been done. (I haven’t checked, but I suppose it’s quite possible I’m more than a few hours behind the news cycle.) Sorry if my bibliography format and/or terminology was off. And just sorry we’re still on the same talking points 35 years on.