Stephen Baldwin’s views on same-sex marriage and the church

On July 19, 50-year-old Usual Suspects Actor Stephen Baldwin gave controversial and baffling views regarding the issue of same-sex marriage while being interviewed by former Apprentice star Katie Couric.

Baldwin, who is a Trump supporter, was at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the told Katie that his stand on marriage equality is a “Jedi mind trick.” He said that it would be great for couples who are of the same sex to marry only if they started churches or institutions that gave them the right to do so.

Baldwin said, “I think anybody should be free to do whatever they want, but they shouldn’t ask other people to compromise what they believe in order to do so. I don’t think there should be anything wrong with that at all.” This puzzled Katie, and this made her question him further by asking him if he meant that there should be separate churches for gay people.

He responded by saying “If they believe that they should have the right to have that kind of a union, and they believe that they should have the rights that come along with that, they shouldn’t ask, for instance, the Catholic church to change its doctrine to accommodate that.” He also said some of his best friends are gay, and this made the explanation he had given become more complicated.

Baldwin is an evangelical Christian, and he has endorsed Donald Trump for president formally. However, he has always had a bizarre stance in regards to marriage equality. Earlier on in 2012 while having a chat with Rosie O’Donnell, he said that same-sex couples should be permitted to marry but only “in their world.”

The same year, Baldwin said that it was “important to stand up and voice what he believes in.” He said this in defense of Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron, who is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage. Baldwin added that, “according to the Christian faith, the nuclear family is the origin of what this country was founded on.”

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