Actress Candace Cameron Bure says in a new interview that she doesn’t expect her new network, Great American Family, to follow Hallmark’s lead in featuring same-sex couples.
The Wall Street Journal asked if Great American Family would include LGBT couples as plot leads, but Bure said it would not.
“I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,” Bure said.
Bure’s comments come as Hallmark prepares to break new ground with its first-ever movie featuring a same-sex storyline as the focus of the plot. The movie, The Holiday Sitter, will air on Hallmark on Dec. 11 and tell the story of two men who fall in love.
Great American Family, which launched last year as a Hallmark rival, is featuring 18 original Christmas movies this holiday season as part of its annual “Great American Christmas” event. One of those films, A Christmas … Present, features Bure and actor Marc Blucas.
Great American Family has embraced the faith community, Bure said. A song by Christian singer Matthew West, titled Come Home for Christmas, is the theme song for the Great American Christmas event.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” Bure, an outspoken Christian, told The Wall Street Journal. “I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment.”
Bure isn’t the only former Hallmark star to find a home in Great American Family films. Others include Daniel Lissing, Jill Wagner, Cameron Mathison, Jen Lilley and Danica McKellar.
Great American Family was launched in 2021 by former Hallmark executive Bill Abbott and is available on major cable and satellite outlets as well as on streaming platforms such as FRNDLY.
“For me, she’s the key piece of what we’re doing,” Abbott said of Bure.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.