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American Idol's David Archuleta Tweets Support for Anti-Gay Beliefs, Later Apologizes

American Idol's David Archuleta Tweets Support for Anti-Gay Beliefs, Later Apologizes

David Archuleta has gotten himself into some hot water after sending out some tweets in support of anti-gay beliefs, which some have considered to be directed toward Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The 24-year-old singer came in second place on the seventh season of American Idol and he returned from his two year Mormon mission in March 2014.

The new Indiana law has received widespread backlash as it is seen as a way for people and businesses to discriminate against those they disagree with, especially members of the LGBT community.

David tweeted a quote said by Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quarum of the Twelve Apostles: “Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love…expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker.”

Two days later David released an apology on his website.

Click inside to read the apology from David Archuleta…

I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line “expressed between a man and a woman in marriage” being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet. I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David

Just Jared on Facebook
Posted to: David Archuleta

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  • Fan Dja

    Headline is a lie, he didn’t tweet in support of any laws anywhere.

  • Baseliner

    i always thought he was gay.

  • RunyonBoy

    “…as they choose.” smh

  • Knotalibby

    People need to quit apologizing all the time. “I’m sorry if I offended anybody.” We’d all spend the rest of our days apologizing, because I guarantee you, no matter what you believe in, what you say, what you do, somebody-somewhere will be offended. Especially those who are the perpetually offended.

  • Revengefan0101

    Classic closet case, imo.

  • kamican

    This headline is such a complete fabrication — irresponsible reporting at it’s best. David never mentioned any laws or Indiana when he sent those tweets out. There were a direct quote from a church conference talk he was watching about marriage and family. Someone just stuck them under that heading because, hey, what will get more clicks??? I feel bad for all the horrible comments he is receiving on twitter for something he never did in the first place (e.g. supporting the Indiana law). People are calling him some really horrible things and saying he should kill himself, etc. What happened to tolerance or looking for the facts before publicly vilifying someone. I had hoped for more responsible reporting from a site like JJ.

  • sky

    my new rule, if you believe what you believe, stand by your beliefs and stop apologizing for them.

  • stanhope

    We are all waiting for David to come out. The boy is gay….no shade.

  • BW26

    This is utter BS …David never tweeted his support of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act. He simply tweeted a quote from a speaker at an LDS conference. As he stated in his apology he never intended the quote to be construed the way it was… David is one of the most gentle, caring, and kindhearted people on the planet. He would never purposefully offend anyone. He certainly doesn’t deserve the vile comments that have been posted on his twitter account. How can people cry “Intolerance and bigotry” when they themselves are being intolerant and judgmental? Shame on you Just Jared for jumping on the bandwagon to vilify David and to make false statements all for the sake of stirring up a media frenzy for your own greedy motives.

  • lamour9

    Yep, that caught my eye, too.

  • Jenny from the flop

    To be honest no one is even hating on him over this, cause everyone knows he is gay and desperately wants to make him father proud, it’s sad cause David would probably kill another human being if his father told him it would turn him straight

  • FaceOfThe_E

    If he did tweet in support of Indiana laws, what’s the harm in that? I’m so tired of people being bullied every time they speak their mind about same-sex issues. We are entitled to believe what we want to believe about it, whether we agree it’s right or wrong. His tweet from Packer’s quote is the truth. Gays are well aware of this, but they are so insecure and unhappy with their situation and are anxious to crucify anybody, mainly religious people, who disagrees with their lifestyle. They need to stop trying to force their corruption and confusion on the public, mainly children and stop trying to force us to conform to their way of life. It ain’t gonna happen. Ya’ll can attack me with more name calling, because that is probably the only defense you’ll ever have against me, hypocrites!

    Till next time…

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  • honesty

    Thank you!!!!!!!

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  • jacob katoa boy directioner

    He’s not gay and you people need to stop saying negative things against others its time we use the web for positive things and you negative people look at your self in the moor

  • jacob katoa boy directioner

    If you thought he was gay there’s something wrong with you people

  • disqus_xxwDaBtW3O

    There is nothing wrong with being gay. What is wrong is when a closeted public figure uses his platform for anti-gay rhetoric.

  • Roxbury Eve

    Oh poor conservative, always needs to play the victim card even though they’re not be victimized in the slightest. Do us a favour and cut the childish “Why can’t people be more tolerant of my intolerance?” whining out it makes any political position you have look pathetic. Nobody is asking you to conform to someone else’s lifestyle. Just because gay marriage is legal doesn’t mean you have to automatically become gay yourself.

    Well you know, unless you or your significant other is already gay and in the closet and your scared one of you will feel the need to come out once gay marriage becomes the norm. Other then that gay marriage is going to have ZERO effect on you.

  • honesty

    It’s not intolerant to disagree with it. You are confusing tolerant with all around changing the whole belief to conform to the opposition. People don’t have to believe what you believe and you liberals have no right to call people names because of that.

  • Alan Keegan

    When I read the first couple lines of your comment, I was thinking, “Okay, yeah, good point. People should be free to express what they believe and not get berated for it.” But then your comment quickly devolved into useless bigotry.

    The terminology you use is so outwardly condescending. Why must people who disagree with homosexuality refer to the group as “gays”? Gay people don’t call you “straights”. It just seems like a way to dehumanize gay people and make them seem like they have some kind of disease. And referring to being gay as a “lifestyle”? Working 9 to 5 is a lifestyle. Going out to bars and drinking every week is a lifestyle. Being gay is not a “lifestyle”. It is just one small feature of what makes someone who they are.

    No one chooses to be gay. If you’re still in the minority that thinks that, then you should read up on the years of scientific and psychological research that indicate the contrary. But then again, you might also be on the side that doesn’t believe in evolution, in which case, I really can’t help you.

  • future_man

    David is clearly not a hater…after Idol he went to India and washed the feet of lepers…when he performs at a local event he puts the chairs away and helps clean up the room…in this world that’s so much more than a class act! Besides having a great voice he takes the time to clear up any misunderstandings in his communications….so to me he’s among the best of the millennial generation. Inspiring! Must be really good parents and grandparents in there somewhere.

  • Roxbury Eve

    I’m not calling anybody names (except intolerant but allow me to explain myself) nor I’m confusing anything. Yes it is intolerant to disagree with somebody’s lifestyle especially if it has NO impact on your on. It would be different if you disagreed with homosexuality but you excepted that it was alright for OTHER people to live there lives as they choose with the rights and freedoms you have. That is literally the definition of tolerance!

    That’s not the case here. By being against gay rights you are activity attacking other peoples rights and freedoms thus making them second class citizens and ruining they’re lively hood.

  • aimee

    Shame on you Jared!!! This is a complete LIE! The quote he tweeted had NOTHING to do with any anti gay message! He was quoting a man who had been married seventy years and how the love he shared with his wife had produced their family. It was about family and the importance of family. Just because he didn’t mention also love between two men or two women,THAT is anti gay!? Give me a break! David is the least judgmental or bigoted person. The lies people are spreading against this sweet soul to spread an agenda, regardless of any truth or fairness is disgusting. SHAME on all who have slandered this good person.

  • http://www.thekentuckygent.com The Kentucky Gent

    He never came right out and voiced his opinion as Anti-Gay, but one is able to assume based on the comment made + his religious background as a Mormon what his stance on the matter is.

    Regardless, as someone in the public light he should watch more carefully what he says. It’s the age of the internet, and nothing EVER goes away.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  • WW1968

    Sorry FaceOfThe_E, you don’t speak for this gay war veteran. I don’t bully people who speak against my civil rights. Certainly not the way I was bullied growing up for being gay. I am NOT insecure by any means, I don’t bully or call others names or insult people’s religions. I also don’t generalize an entire group of people the way you just did. How exactly we are corrupting and confusing people is beyond me. Yours was one of the most ignorant comments I have read in a long time. I am happy, well-adjusted, I have amazing friends, a nice home, a nice income, two amazing dogs, a great partner and a wonderful family of brothers, sisters, cousins and aunts and uncles who love me unconditionally. This unhappiness you speak of seems to come mainly from you. I wish you peace though.

  • James Magna

    Who?

  • Danoma

    As a gay male who believes that marriage can be between any sex, I’m not offended by his tweet. What does bother me is this lynch mob mentality of the internet – you’re no better than the “other side” if you react with hatred and bullying. These media outlets keep extracting things that celebrities say to turn them into headlines to rile people up and get clicks. His tweets weren’t anti-gay, they were interpreted that way. Even if he DID mean to say that marriage should be between ONLY a man and a woman, oh well – he’s entitled to his opinion. There are way worse things that we need to be focusing on, not an American Idol star’s twitter feed. People are being forced to walk on egg shells and
    apologize to the masses that see everything as black and white and offensive. We’re headed straight for living in “The Giver” style world.

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    Um, yeah, shocker. Blindly religious person having a problem with healthy free expression – look in the Mirror, dude!!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    So it’s just pure coincidence, the timing, then? I call B.S.!!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    So it was just purely coincidence, the timing and wording of that re-post of his on Twitter?? I call B.S., B.W.!!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    You have NO CLUE as to what bullying is, if you think it’s merely vehement disagreement. REAL bullying is having the majority or Privileged class vilify YOU for not conforming. REAL bullying involves violence or at least the threat of violence. REAL bullying has Nothing to do with taking people to task for the ISM’s they were raised with but are too Clueless to Recognize, dude!! I don’t name call, but I will disagree with you until my dying breath because you and your ilk misrepresent OUR God in the American Community and media!!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    Take away their “But THEY do it” arguments, and they have almost Nothing left, right?!?

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana
  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    “Intollerant” is Not a name. Names are like douchebag, jerk, etc. Intollerance is a description that applies to anyone for whom the following definition applies: “Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.”a struggle against religious intolerance”
    synonyms:bigotry, narrow-mindedness, small-mindedness, illiberality, parochialism,provincialism; prejudice, bias, partisanship, partiality, discrimination;
    injustice, ineqaulity

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    Prove it!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    I agree, but I do think you are naive if you think the timing of the tweet and its language were merely coincidence!!

  • Tony O’Rourke Quintana

    and while I strongly disagree with people here stating that he was Not commenting on the Indiana Law and I disagree with his beliefs, I also strongly support his right to have and express them, just as I support folks right to express offense at those statements. All that said, all sides can afford to be a bit more polite in our language around these things. I know, deeply and personally, the pain that a childhood filled with homophobic and heterosexist abuse can cause, but No One will come to our side if we start our arguments with vile language that does Nothing to further our point or reinforce our (more logical) arguments!!

  • Bill V.

    another closeted mormon kook

  • http://batman-news.com Sencho

    Definitely closeted and definitely dull. I hope he never comes out. We don’t want him anyway.

  • Missy C

    He doesn’t owe anyone an apology. What that speaker said is correct. God created romantic love to be between a man and a woman. None of us would be here if not for heterosexuality. Why should any Christian need to apologize for honoring God’s commandments? This world is exactly as Paul said it would be in the last days.

  • Missy C

    He said nothing wrong. He has the right to be a Christian and to follow God’s commandments. In the end, God will have the final say.

  • Missy C

    Following God’s commandments doesn’t make David or anyone else a bigot. People have the right to practice their Christianity and follow the one who created them without being persecuted by others who don’t care to.

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