In a recent interview with Out magazine, William Baldwin goes on at length about his brother Stephen’s born-again ways, particularly the gay-hate that comes with said territory:
I think Stephen enjoys the juxtaposition of my brother Alec and me on one side and he on the other side and again the attention that might garner in the media that Baldwins are at war at the dinner table. I’m not saying he doesn’t believe what he says. I just don’t think that he fully understands. So I asked him, “Do you think a gay couple should be married? And if not, do you think they deserve access to the same rights on a federal level and state level that you do? And if you don’t — are they some lesser form? Why don’t they deserve the same rights and privileges that you do?” [And he responds,] “Because God said and the Bible says that marriage is an institution that exists solely between a man and a woman blah blah blah,” and he falls behind that crap. And I said, “Well if you had a choice — if you and your wife were to die and your kids were still young and you had a choice between your children being in foster care and potentially being physically and emotionally and sexually abused as opposed to being adopted by a loving, healthy, caring lesbian or gay couple, what would you rather have?” He couldn’t really answer, and I said, “Thank God Dad isn’t here on this earth right now, because he would be so devastated and so horrified.” I have three kids, and I said, “If I go on and have 10 kids and nine out of the 10 wind up being gay that’s absolutely, 1,000% undoubtedly — I’m cool with that. But if one of the 10 grow up to think the way you think, I will be absolutely fucking devastated and our father would be turning in his grave to know that one of my children grew up thinking that way.” And I don’t mean to say that I’m saying this is a lesser of two evils — I don’t want to be misconstrued. I don’t love my brother any less, but I think he’s very confused.
Billy’s got insight. And it makes me blissful to know my beloved Jack Donaghy stands beside him.