Chip and Joanna Gaines have been on the headlines for the past couple of days. Unfortunately, it is not about their realty show Fixer Upper but about a controversial issue “connected” to them. The issue at play is very sensitive that there are even some rumors suggesting that they have been fired from the show.
Who and what was said about anti-gay marriages?
All the issues surrounding Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines now started from a Buzzfeed article. Kate Aurthur, a Los Angeles correspondent of the said news publishing site, reported that the couple are attending a church that do not believe in same sex marriage. The November 29 article said that the church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, called homosexuality a lifestyle choice and a sin.
Arthur further said that the evangelical Christian megachurch pastor expressed that a marriage is between one man and one woman. Even on the Fixer Upper couple’s church website states that “Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.” In addition to that, Seibert was reported to take some tough lines against same sex marriages and “promotes” converting people from the LGBT community.
According to a report by Snopes, the pastor himself said that he has successfully worked with people in helping them reverse their sexual “lifestyle”. He apparently has seen people change their sexual preference from homosexual to heterosexual. He said he has worked for over 30 years with people regarding the issue.
Do the Gaines share the same belief?
Up until now, Chip and Joanna Gaines have not said anything about same sex marriage. Although there is a high possibility that they too believe in what their pastor says, there is no direct confirmation of such. But then again, the Gaines are attending a church that has a very strong stand about same sex marriage and that the pastor considers them as “dear friends.”
To date, there are two tweets from Chip that somehow address the issue.
— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) December 3, 2016
In times of trouble.. you'll find the gaines family at church.
— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) December 4, 2016
HGTV also has issued a statement relating to their Fixer Upper stars controversy. The network told Fox411 that they do not discriminate anyone from the LGBT community in any of their shows. According to a report by Fox News, the network is proud to have a consistent record of including people from different walks of life.