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.