Chip and Joanna Gaines, the hosts of HGTV’s home improvement hit Fixer Upper, have become a trending topic after it was revealed that they belong to a church which has attacked same-sex marriage.


The Gaineses, who live in Waco, Texas, belong to a nondenominational evangelical church, the pastor at which has openly expressed his belief that homosexuality is a sin, and that LGBTQ individuals can change themselves.

“This is a clear biblical admonition,” said Pastor Jimmy Seibert following the Supreme Court decision in 2015 to legalize same sex marriage. “So if someone were to say, ‘Marriage is defined in a different way,’ let me just say: They are wrong. God defined marriage, not you and I. God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I.”

“Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin,” he continued, and went on to talk about some very controversial ideas. “The statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically, sexually, mentally.” He also says that gay pornography deserves some of the blame. “We have people and young people that never had any intention of a same-sex attraction et cetera, who have seen sexuality up front in pornography and now are trapped in the addiction of it.”

While these are the words of their pastor, it is unclear whether or not Chip and Joanna Gaines are in agreement. They have not made any statement regarding the issue, but there has also never been a gay couple on their show. HGTV tried to speak on the issue, but did not address the question directly. “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” it said in a statement. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

While he has not given any concrete statement in answer, Chip sent out a series of tweets in response to his bad press.

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