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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Receive Freedom of Speech Award

Do you think he deserves it?

Liz Raftery

Phil Robertson's comments about same-sex marriage and LGBT people have earned him a freedom of speech award.

Later this month, the Duck Dynasty star will receive the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award from Citizens United at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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In 2013, Robertson said in an interview with GQ that he believed homosexuality to be a sin, and later said that he believes AIDS is God's punishment for immorality. In the wake of his comments, A&E suspended him from the network, but lifted the suspension after backlash from many Duck Dynasty fans.

"Even when the entire mainstream media demanded he disavow his beliefs and attempted to have him fired from his own hit show for expressing these beliefs, he stood firm in his faith," Citizens United President David Bossie said, according to THR.

Phil Robertson continues to defend controversial comments

Added Robertson: "When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead."

He will receive the award on Feb. 27.

Do you think Robertson deserves an award for his remarks?