'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta Remarks on Marriage 'Between a Man and a Woman,' Apologizes
American Idol alum David Archuleta has apologized about a tweet that looked like he seemingly weighed in on the religious freedom debate.
The season-seven runner-up took to Twitter on Saturday, April 4, to share his thoughts on the issue, tweeting, “Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love…expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker”
#PresPacker is President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quarum of the Twelve Disciples. Archuleta was quoting Packer’s Saturday morning remarks made during a biannual conference this past weekend. Packer, who has been married nearly 70 years, also spoke of the challenges facing marriage today -- including financial stress, temptation and illness. The comments in the address come on the heels of Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Archuleta apologized on his website two days later, writing:
"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 fit in just 1 tweet," he wrote. "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. David"
Archuleta is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.