O'Reilly blasts same-sex marriage critics
March 27th, 2013
11:26 AM ET
1 year ago

O'Reilly blasts same-sex marriage critics

(CNN) - Bill O'Reilly, the conservative Fox News host, believes same-sex marriage advocates have a more convincing argument than opponents, who do nothing but rehash scripture to make their point.

"The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," O'Reilly said Tuesday on Fox. "That's where the compelling argument is. 'We're Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.' That's a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible."

O'Reilly has previously stated he takes a libertarian view on the issue, and repeated Tuesday night that it's a decision that should be left up to the states. "I support civil unions. I always have. The gay marriage thing, I don't feel that strongly about it one way or another."

Both sides of the debate clashed this week in Washington as the Supreme Court hears challenges to two cases dealing with the issue.

O'Reilly has been less critical of so-called Bible thumpers in the past. In a May 2009 column on his website, he again argued the matter should be decided by states but also said he understands that "most Americans believe heterosexual marriage deserves a special place in our society."

"Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known, speak to a family built around a responsible mother and a father-certainly the optimum when it comes to raising children," he wrote.

But, he argued, people who feel strongly about traditional marriage "have allowed themselves to be intimidated" and have refused to stand up for what they believe in.

"When was the last time you saw a Catholic cardinal or archbishop speak against gay marriage on television? I know–I've invited some of them. They all turned me down," he wrote.

His comments Tuesday weren't the first time he's taken on his own party. Last week, O'Reilly sharply criticized Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann for making "trivial attacks" and unsubstantiated claims of President Barack Obama's so-called perks in the White House.


Filed under: Fox News • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Carol

    Very nice that Bill thinks logically, and incidently scientifically, but this decision should be coming from the Federal, and not the states. If we left Human Rights for African Americans to the states they would still not be free. Equality for all Americans is in our Constitution, we either have it or we haven't.

    March 27, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Luciano

    Ratings are down at FOX and he is trying to win over the blue states.

    March 27, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Manny

    So what part of the bible mentions anything about sexual immorality? Oh right, Leviticus. That same book that also says wearing polyester, shaving, tattoos, eating certain meats, and eating fruits from a tree less than 4 years old is a sin. The book also promotes slavery, says women are men's property, and says women who are raped shall be put to death and forgives their rapist.

    March 27, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Jack

    Mr. O'Reilly,

    Now, it is time to take on Rush and Sean! Don't you think!

    March 27, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. David

    Enough with the bible crap...

    March 27, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. mom of 4

    Our culture has accepted 2 big lies. The first is that disagreement means hatred or fear. The second is that if you love someone, you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense.

    You don't have to compromise your convictions to be compassionate. I will never support same sex marriage but that doesn't mean I hate anyone who does. Quite the contrary. It seems that those who support same sex marriage hate me for my Christian beliefs, and that is sad.

    March 27, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. tom

    What's the matter with leaving the definition of "marriage" alone but extending the legal rights it embodies to civil partnerships (or pick your own term.) Gays get the legal benefits, social conservatives retain the traditional definition. Is that so hard? Or is this a situation where gays won't be happy unless they get their way 100%.

    March 27, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Betty Hendel

    This idiotic bible & god rhetoric is really, really old.

    March 27, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. g

    wheres the ship sailing today,O reilly

    March 27, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. #1Christ_Fan

    This man is a HEATHEN!!!!!

    THE BIBLE is a BEAUTIFUL book of LOVE,COMBASSION and HOPE.

    All those that LOVE the BIBLE deserve the utmost RESPECT.Anything less is a SIN!!!

    March 27, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. leann

    Here's this number one concern, Money? Do you think the government will give millions of dollars in tax breaks without raising taxes or just doing away with marriage tax entirely?

    So for all you straight people that are for gay marriage you might want to think about this . How far are you willing to go for " equality"

    March 27, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. glorydays

    Keep it to yourself, period.

    March 27, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Rob

    It looks like someone's trying to goose their ratings.

    March 27, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. fekt

    As soon as you start going to your pastor/preacher for a divorce and the settling of matters of property as a result of the divorce is about as soon as marriage is actually a religous issue. If you plan on going to a judge when you get a divorce then it's a matter of law.

    March 27, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. D Young

    As usual, O'Reilly looks at whichever way the wind happens to be blowing, and calls it his opinion.

    March 27, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. catdaddy

    O'Reilly and the catholics are both making sad choices....but in the end THEY WILL BOTH BOW DOWN TO THE ALMIGHTY

    March 27, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. rparker

    "Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known" Hmmm. What traditions is he speaking of. Those traditions of slavery come to mind that it took a massive civil war and a constitutional admendment to fix. Good old hateful Judeo-Christian traditions. A better statement would be "in spite of Judeo-Christian traditions our country did prosper and become just".

    March 27, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. The Harsh Truth

    The Constitution may protect your rights, however, what it DOES NOT PROTECT IS YOUR SOUL, only the grace of God and the blood of Christ does.

    March 27, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. ClumBaby

    Thanks Poppa Bear! We appreciate your support against the radical religious right!

    March 27, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Ed Denver

    So I was just relaxing at home last night when God appeared before me. Shocked but suspicious, I asked him to do a couple miricles which he quickly did so I was satisfied that he was indeed God. So I asked him why he was there and he said he was just stopping by and wanted to know how things were going, you know, with his creation. I said we had a few problems but by and large it was a great place to live. I also thanked him for the great book he left us. And God looked at me and asked, "What book?"

    March 27, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Vic Keller

    @Jen Yeah....3 of them! You figure it out:)

    March 27, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Lindalou

    Maybe my gag reflex will be a little less sensitive now when Mr. Bill comes on a starts spouting his smarmy views.

    March 27, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Dan

    The only place "bible thumpers" have authority is within the church walls. Inside the church walls homosexual behavior cannot be accepted. Outside the church walls they can give their opinion but it has no more weight than any other person. In fact if the person is not holding up Jesus as the only answer to the world's problems, and instead are holding up some "moral" standard as the answer, even if it is based on the Bible, then they are doing more harm than good.

    March 27, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. sqeptiq

    Robertholt: I Samuel 15:3 "Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
    If that's the word of your god then he is a demon from farther southern reaches of hell.

    March 27, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. rabidatheist

    I think it's snowing in Hell!

    March 27, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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