Are Chip & Joanna Gaines Against Same-Sex Marriage? (UPDATE)
UPDATE #2 (12/5/2016 8:31 a.m. ET):
Chip Gaines isn’t responding to the anti same-sex marriage allegations, but he is asking people to show respect.
Both Kate and Gina are reporters who were attacked for covering the story last week.
UPDATE #1 (12/2/2016 11:23 a.m. ET): HGTV responded to the publicity flap — keeping mum on Chip and Joanna Gaines' views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage but addressing the allegations same-sex couples are barred from Fixer Upper.
"We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows," the network tells The Huffington Post. "HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series."
Original story (12/1/2016 10:03 a.m. ET): Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, are as popular as ever, but some recent news may affect their show.
A recent BuzzFeed story reveals the couple’s church, Antioch Community Church in Waco Texas, believes homosexuality is a sin and even uncovered an anti-same-sex marriage sermon by one of their pastors, Jimmy Seibert.
Jimmy, who is also a good friend of the Texas natives, is very much against same-sex marriage and believes being gay is a choice and a sin.
“God defined marriage, not you and I. God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I,” he tells the crowd during his lecture.
“Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin.”
He continues on to say marriage should strictly be between a man and a woman and believes gay people can change their attraction from “a homosexual lifestyle to a heterosexual lifestyle.”
In more troubling news, their church as a whole believes homosexuality is wrong and that women should submit to their husbands.
“[A husband] has the God-given responsibility to provide for, protect and lead his family,” the website says.
“A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.”
Given the diversity and popularity of the show, many people are concerned The Magnolia Story authors share the same views as their pastor.
In fact, they have yet to feature a same-sex couple on the show, unlike other HGTV programs like House Hunters.
Neither Chip and Joanna nor HGTV have responded to comments, but to many fans their silence speaks volumes.
We hope they speak out soon and show support for the LGBT community.