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'Ender's Game' Author Responds To Boycott, Says Gay Marriage Issue Is 'Moot'

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Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield (right) star in the upcoming film adaptation of 'Ender's Game.' (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate)
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The author of Ender's Game, the sci-fi book that's hitting the big screen in November, issued a statement today addressing a planned boycott over his views on gay marriage.

Gay marriage proponents have organized a boycott not because of anything in the book, but because of the personal views of author Orson Scott Card. On the site SkipEndersGame, they take special objection to one of his quotes from 1990:

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary 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. — Orson Scott Card, "The Hypocrites of Homosexuality" Sunstone Magazine

The author released a statement today to EW, saying that the issue is now "moot" because of last month's Supreme Court rulings.

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Ender's Game is 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. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, 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.

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.


The film, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield of Hugo, is set to open November 1.