03/04/2012 01:17 pm ET

Piers Morgan: Kirk Cameron Was 'Brave' And 'Honest' To His Beliefs For Voicing Anti-Gay Views (VIDEO)

CNN's Piers Morgan defended Kirk Cameron's right to express his opinions, calling the former child star "brave" and "honest" after he voiced his controversial anti-gay views in a recent interview.

Cameron railed against homosexuality in an interview with Morgan that aired on Friday night. He called homosexuality "unnatural... detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," and blasted the idea of same-sex marriage.

Morgan had pushed back a bit, suggesting that some would argue that Cameron's views are "incredibly destructive and damaging." Cameron had also said that he would have a heart-to-heart with one of his children if they revealed that they were gay. Morgan returned, "I'd say, 'That's great, son! As long as you're happy.' What would you say?"

Celebrity gossip website TMZ asked Morgan to weigh in on Cameron's controversial comments over the weekend. "I felt that he was honest to what he believed," Morgan told the reporter. "And I don't think he was expecting the kind of furor that it's created."

When asked if he thought Cameron's views were outdated, Morgan answered, "He was pretty brave to say what he said. It's -- many would argue -- an antiquated view about many of these issues."

He did call it "very strange" that Cameron had said that he would not allow his daughter to have an abortion in the event of rape. "I just think that you can take the biblical thing too far," he said.