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'Ender's Game': Orson Scott Card Wants You to Tolerate His LGBT Intolerance

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UPDATE (7/12/13): Lionsgate has now issued the following official statement to Deadline:

"As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from 'Gods and Monsters' to 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of 'Ender’s Game.' The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for 'Ender’s Game.'"

PREVIOUSLY (7/10/13): "Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card has spoken up about all that pitchfork-raising and movie boycott business that's going down over at, and rather than expressing any contrition over his, um, choice of words* on the matter of gay rights, get this. He's asking for tolerance of his intolerance and says that his opinions — which he's obviously not budging on one bit — don't really matter any more anyway., Card issued an official statement to Entertainment Weekly on the matter of the LGBT empowerment group Geeks OUT hosting a boycott of the movie adaptation in response to his publicized anti-gay views, writing first that the story of "Ender's Game" is completely unrelated to the issue because it's "set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984." (Sidebar: What the heck does this mean? Does he think homosexuality won't be a preference in a hundred years and it wasn't a reality 30 years ago? All the facepalms.)

* In Feb., 1990, Card wrote an essay called "The Hypocrites of Homosexuality" for Sunstone Magazine which declared, among many things "[l]aws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books ... to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society."

"With the recent Supreme Court ruling," he added in the EW statement, "the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state."

And then came the kicker: "Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."

Within the same essay mentioned above, he'd also said that he won' t bullied into submission — clearly still the case — writing, "if we allow ourselves to be intimidated by our fear of the world's censure into silence in the face of attempts by homosexuals to make their sin acceptable under the laws of the polity, then we have abandoned our role as teachers of righteousness."

We'll just let J-Law tell you what we think of that:

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