HGTV’s Fixer Upper hosts Chip and wife Joanna Gaines have been under the microscope after a BuzzFeed article came out at the end of November claiming that the church the couples goes to is against same-sex marriage.
The two attend Antioch Community Church in their hometown, Waco, Texas. The nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, is a “dear friend.”
After same-sex marriage was legalized in June 2015, a video surfaced of Siebert talking about what marriage really means.
“Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin,” he said. “The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin…the statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically, sexually, mentally.”
“So are the Gainses against same-sex marriage?” The BuzzFeed article wondered. “And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers?”
The Gainses did not respond to the story, but later, Chip took to Twitter to ask for respect for the writer of the story.
“Regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness, or not, I ask that people please! respect @KateAurther & ginamei.”
The next day, Chip tweeted: “In times of trouble.. you’ll find the gaines family at church.”
Siebert said that the church is “absolutely not” anti-gay.
“We are not only [not] anti-gay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who he has made them to be,” he told Fox 411. He also said that his definition of marriage “is not the definition we made up. It’s straight from the Scripture. One man, one woman for life. That’s how God created us. That’s what he has for us.”
Fixer Upper, which is in the middle of its fourth season, has yet to feature a same-sex couple. HGTV released a statement saying, “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”
Fixer Upper airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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