"Regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness, or not, I ask that people please! respect [BuzzFeed's] @KateAurthur & [Cosmopolitan's] @ginamei," he tweeted on Saturday, December 3.
Both of the reporters were attacked on social media for covering the story, Us Weekly reports.
The following morning, the couple and their children went to Sunday mass at their controversial church. "In times of trouble … you'll find the gaines family at church," Chip tweeted.
The HGTV stars are under scrutiny after Buzzfeed resurfaced an anti-same-sex marriage lecture made by the couple’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, in their article published on November 29.
In the lecture, the pastor reaffirmed his church’s stance on homosexuality. In June 2015, he told the churchgoers of the Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, that “Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin.” He then said that members of the LGBT community “choose” their sexual orientation.
The Gaines’ have not released an official statement, but HGTV responded to the controversy on December 1.
"We don't discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows," the network said. "HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series."