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American Idol Alum Apologizes for Perceived Antigay Tweets

American Idol Alum Apologizes for Perceived Antigay Tweets


David Archuleta lands in hot water over the phrase 'between a man and woman.'

American Idolseason 7 runner-up David Archuleta has apologized for recent tweets that caused a bit of an Internet dustup.

Last Saturday, Archuleta, who is a strict Mormon, took to Twitter to share a quote from church leader Boyd K. Packer following a conference address Packer gave earlier that day. The first part of the quote read:

"Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love ... "

The second tweet came moments later:

" ... expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker."

The Internet quickly erupted with some interpreting Archuleta's tweets as a statement against marriage equality. Others wondered if Archuleta was tweeting to show support for Indiana's discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Neither was the case, as Archuleta made plain two days later when he posted an statement on his personal website explaining that the tweets only accidentally emphasized the phrase "between a man and a woman."

"I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn't think about the line 'expressed between a man and a woman in marriage' being stressed when the whole quote didn't't fit in just 1 tweet," Archuleta's statement read.

"I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone's freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I'm sorry and please forgive me if I offended you."

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