Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game Author, Under Fire for Gay Marriage Views

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Ender's Game opens November 1 (you can check out the Ender's Game trailer here) and nerds the world over are waiting with bated breath.

However, with that excitement comes a bit of moral trepidation for some.

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Orson Scott Card, author of the novel the movie is based upon, has been very vocal in his opposition of gay marriage. Extremely vocal. Hard to miss vocal.

Understandably, there has been backlash against this. 

Supporters of gay marriage, including the group Geeks OUT, have called for a boycott of the new film, not unlike the Chick-Fil-A boycott last year.

So what's a nerd to do?

Do you boycott the film over Orson Scott Card's views? Do you take into consideration how many people's jobs and livelihood are connected to the success of the film?

Perhaps you don't boycott at all because it's not like Card is personally involved in the project beyond writing the novel it's based on. Wait, what if the success of the film then causes more people to go out and purchase the novel which then does directly benefit Card?

Dilemma.

Well Mr. Card himself is offering an "out" per se. In a statement he gave Entertainment Weekly he says, "With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot."

Okay, he's got a point. Doesn't take back the not so kind things he's said but he's got a point. The Supreme Court win does make the issue a non-issue as far the legality of gay marriage is concerned. If Orson Scott Card has stopped there, I myself would feel much more at ease with supporting the film. 

But he didn't.

Card goes on, "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."

Now, the internet lacks a sarcasm font but I'm getting strong feelings that this is a loaded statement. Instead of just leaving it with, "hey, it's a non-issue now so let's just move on" Card feels the need to make sure that everyone knows he thinks that those who still boycott his film are being hypocritical.

His opinion on the matter has not changed, he still feels the same way he did before the ruling but because "they" won, everything should start over. 

So, what say you readers? Does a Supreme Court victory make way for guiltless viewing? Or do Card's words carry over no matter what the outcome of the legal fight was? 

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Our nation is hell bound. We believe we can mock God's eternal moral standards and survive to boast of our sick and degenerate actions. I applaud Mr. Card and pray that God will protect him and the millions of us who refuse to compromise.

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Boycott the film. Stay home. More seats for me at the premier.

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The first time I had ever heard of Orson Scott Card was when I read his short story, "A Thousand Deaths," in the long-defunct Omni magazine. I later read the first four of his Ender Wiggin books, and a slogged through all five books in his Homecoming series, though becoming a bit puzzled by the Mormon imagery toward the end. It was only later that I found out what rabid disdain Card had for Gay people. And trust me, I did my research. The utterly nasty things he's had to say about the LGBT community, coupled with the fact that he's a board member of the very anti-Gay National Organization for Marriage, tells me all I need to know. I regret that I've thrown so much money at him in the past. I will not do so anymore. I'm skipping the film version of "Ender's Game." Mr. Card has every right to express his anti-Gay vitriol, just as the rest of us have the right to call him out on it. But I have no doubt that conservative Christian churches will still bring their congregations to the theater by the BUSLOAD to support this movie. Of course, if Orson Scott Card now thinks the issue of marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples is "moot," I suppose he'll just resign from his position as a board member of the National Organization for Marriage. But no, I don't think that will happen.

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