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'Ender's Game' Author Challenges Gay Rights Advocates

Orson Scott Card asks for same tolerance demanded of him

"Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card says he is strong in his beliefs against same-sex marriage, but at the same time, those who disagree with him should not take it out on his upcoming film.

Card told Entertainment Weekly in a statement that while his position has not changed in terms of what he defines as marriage, he hopes moviegoers will demonstrate the same tolerance for different ideas that is being demanded of him, and go see his movie.

"'Ender's Game' is set more than a century in the future, and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984," Card said. "With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state."

Card, however, seems to be taking a slightly more diplomatic stand than he did in the past when it came to gay marriage. In 2009, when he was a member of the National Organization of Marriage -- a group working to stop gay marriage -- he told the Mormon Times that "marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change that is my mortal enemy," according to Entertainment Weekly. "I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."

No word if Card is looking to destroy the U.S. government. But for now, he just wants to make sure seats are filled for "Ender's Game."

"Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute," Card said.

Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.

"Ender's Game" stars Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. It is set for a Nov. 1 release.

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