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The author of the novel "Ender's Game" has spoken out about the controversy that's flared up over the upcoming movie adaptation in the past few days, but he doesn't sound eager to smooth ruffled feathers, declaring the statements that angered fans are "moot."
Geeks OUT, a group that "rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community," are calling for a boycott of the "Ender's Game" movie based on statements about gay marriage made by Orson Scott Card, who wrote the much-loved young adult sci-fi novel in 1985. Card, a strongly outspoken opponent of gay marriage, wrote of the subject in a 2008 op-ed piece for a Salt Lake City newspaper, declaring, "Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."
As Geeks OUT's campaign has gained media attention, Card has issued a statement, and anyone hoping he'd sound apologetic is out of luck. "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 the book was written in 1984," Card wrote. "With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. 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."
Which is to say, he's not saying he's sorry, just that it doesn't matter now.
And Card wrapped up his brief statement with the following sentence, which sounds like a "gotcha!" to his critics: "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."
Of course, Card also stated in 2008, "There is no act of court or Congress that can make (same-sex) relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman. This is a permanent fact of nature." Chances are, Geeks OUT and their supporters find these opinions just as troublesome as his views on the legal issues of same-sex marriage.
Summitt Entertainment, who will be releasing "Ender's Game" in September, might have been hoping for something a little more contrite, since they have a $110 million movie to promote. With Harrison Ford in outer space hero mode again and a story that already has a large audience, "Ender's Game" has the potential to be a major hit, and as gay marriage gains support, it's interesting to see how Geeks OUT's campaign will impact the movie and its marketing.
This isn't the first time Card's statements on marriage equality have caused him some troubles. In March, Card was hired by DC Comics to write an upcoming story arc for their "Adventures of Superman" series, and artist Chris Sprouse resigned from the project in protest.
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