HGTV is responding to the rumors that Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper attended a church that does not believe in same-sex marriage.
“We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” said in the statement. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”
The Antioch Community Church, led by pastor Jimmy Seibert, is known for being against homosexuality. According to Variety, Seibert delivered a sermon in 2015 following the Supreme Court’s ruling for legalizing same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality.
“God defined marriage, not you and I,” said the pastor. “God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I,” the pastor spoke.
“We can change, contrary to what you hear,” Seibert spoke. “I’ve worked with people for over 30 years — I have seen hundreds of people personally change their direction of same-sex attraction from a homosexual lifestyle to a heterosexual lifestyle. It doesn’t mean they don’t struggle with feelings, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t hurting, it doesn’t mean it’s not challenging. But they have chosen to change. And there has always been grace there for those who choose that.”
However, in a recent interview, Seibert denies the church isn’t anti-gay.
“People don’t know what the Bible says anymore on issues of sexuality,” Seibert said of the church. “People don’t know what God says on homosexuality or any other issue. I felt the need to say we are all a mess — but the fixed points were set by God — not us.”
Chip and Joanna haven’t responded to the issue.