Lionsgate: ‘Ender’s Game’ Author’s Gay-Marriage Views ‘Irrelevant’

Ender's Game

Studio cites support for LGBT community

Lionsgate is distancing itself from author Orson Scott Card’s opposition to gay marriage following the recent campaign to boycott the film “Ender’s Game,” which is based on his novel.

The studio issued a statement Friday saying that it has long supported the LGBT movement, as evidenced by films including  “Gods and Monsters” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and that it is “proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years.”

Lionsgate said it does not agree with the personal views of Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage, of which he is a board member.

“Neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form,” added Lionsgate. “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.”

The Geeks OUT organization launched the “Skip Ender’s Game” boycott last weekend, saying “however much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”

Card has responded to the boycott by asserting that “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 his book was published in 1984.

“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot,” he said. “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.”

Lionsgate will release the film, starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, on Nov. 1.

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  1. Oh, it’s VERY relevant. I won’t be going to see it.

  2. tgm says:

    They chose to finance a movie based on something written by an outspoken bigot, that’s their problem. I WON’T be seeing it!

  3. brad says:

    what I sfind funny is that people cant have their opinion . if you don’t lke their opinion or what they say or write, then don’t read, watch anything they do.

  4. Wanker says:

    Hollywood just doesn’t get the fact that most Americans don’t share its views on same-sex marriage. Most Americans either don’t care about Card’s views or they agree with them.

  5. Kevin Foster says:

    Lionsgate is really counting on their absurd reductionism to see them through this. That in itself is insulting and self serving. Card has gone far beyond a differing opinion in marriage equality. He has said that the sodomy laws should still be on the books and continues to call for the imprisonment of LGBT people to set an example. He has said that in his view LGBT people do not deserve to be U.S. citizens. And he has stated that he will be a “mortal enemy” of any country that alters the man-woman definition of marriage, as the U.S. has now done. Furthermore, he has said that he would seek to “destroy” ANY country that changed that definition. Those are the aims of theocratic madman and an eliminationist, not merely a difference of opinion about who can marry whom.

  6. usorthem3 says:

    Too little, too late. No deal.

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