The twin brothers who were set to host an upcoming cable series are speaking out after plans for the show were canceled amid a controversy over alleged anti-gay activism.
David and Jason Benham of HGTV’s now canceled reality show “Flip It Forward” told CNN that they believe the network was “bullied’ into canceling their show and that they “love homosexuals,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the program was pulled after a report surfaced that the brothers are anti-gay activists. The show had been greenlighted to debut in October, but HGTV switched gears after Right Wing Watch reported that David Benham had said America’s Christian majority must repent for allowing “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”
The brothers told Erin Burnett on CNN’s “OutFront” that they weren’t angry at the network, but felt it had been “pushed into” canceling the show. Asked by Burnett whether he stood by his words, David Benham said, "Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals as individuals and gone against them. I speak about an agenda … that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith. That's what all this is about.”
He added, “We love homosexuals and we love Muslims and we have absolutely nothing against the people.”
Asked whether he believes it would be OK for a gay person to marry someone he or she loved, he said he wouldn’t accept it. “In the scripture it's very clear that that would not honor God, nor is it good for human flourishing,” he said.
Here's a clip from the interview: