‘Duck’ Family Stands by Patriarch

Circling around their suddenly controversial patriarch, the Robertson family, stars of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, released a statement saying his anti-gay and racist remarks were “coarse,” but “grounded in the teachings of the Bible.” In a profile in GQ, Phil Robertson compared gays to terrorists, and suggested homosexuality leads to bestiality. A&E suspended him indefinitely from Duck Dynasty after the comments went viral, arousing a counter-protest from conservative fans of the show.