Orson Scott Card is trying to do major damage control after the uproar regarding his stance over same-sex marriage and homosexuality began to threaten the upcoming movie inspired by his novel Ender’s Game. Card decided, very quietly it seems, to resign from the board of the National Organization for Marriage.
Not long ago, the novelist told Entertainment Weekly that “it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance towards those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” Of course, this statement showed the tone deafness of Card not understanding that there is a difference between tolerating someone and trying to force them to not exist by constantly attacking them and trying to force them into harmful ex-gay therapy.
Simply put, if you want people to stop calling you a bigot, try stopping what you’re doing to force them to live their lives according to your religious beliefs.
Well, apparently buried in the EW print article is something that Josh Rottenberg noted. Rottenberg stated that Card “quietly stepped down from the board of the National Organization for Marriage, a group devoted to battling same-sex marriage, which he had joined in 2009.”
Card also claimed, recently, that the Windsor ruling out of the Supreme Court renders the debate over marriage equality ‘moot’, so he may no longer feel the need to participate in NOM’s mission, as Alyssa Rosenberg over at ThinkProgress notes. The reality may be that Card is now looking down the barrel of a very potent reality gun that he can’t outrun.
Card is not an overly famous author, and his Ender’s Game sounds rather derivative of the first Star Wars movie. He may even be panicking more now given that another film adaptation (R.I.P.D.) that sounds incredibly derivative of someone else’s work (Men in Black) just flopped hard in the theaters, and boycott or not, the negative press associated with Card’s views on sexuality is endangering the film’s chances of making even a small profit.
While Card is kind of famous, the fact that he isn’t overly famous means that, in this day and age, his social views could quite easily lead to the toppling of his little kingdom.