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


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  1. GINA

    Romans 1:27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    March 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. jaxshan

    Call it a Civil Union – Give them whatever they ask for federally. But Leave the Terminology Marriage Alone – That is defined by God and supported by the voters.

    Done deal – you get what you want – we get what we want.

    No Debate needed. Just don't call your perversion of nature by any name we consider holy and ordained by God.

    March 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Watch the show and then critique Bill is ok.

    You people crack me up. I have never heard Bill O'reilly say he is a conservative nor a Republican. He has said before he is a traditionalist. 2. Have any here ever watched O'Reilly show? I do everyday and I love the man. Most people that critique O'reilly in a negative way only do it because what the left tells them but Bill is actually a good American and if you watched his show you would be very surprised how much you and all of us have in common with him. He is a true patriot. Please understand that Bill is only looking out for you.

    March 27, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Sam Osborne

    Today before the court there is an echo of the Dred-Scott slavery case in somewhat as hostile times as 1857. Were the court today to do as the Taney court did back then and come down on the wrong side of history they are not going to put the issue away.

    Why? Because equal protection of the law ever grows for more and more people and like it or not opponents of same-gender marriage cannot grasp that this gene is out of the bottle and is not going to be put back behind a stopper.

    The only question to be seen in the short haul is if the conservative members of the court understand what they decide is already history and same gender marriage has already become a part of the American way.

    It soon enough makes no real difference to anyone but maybe Justice Alito if he and any others want to also place himself on the wrong side of history as did the first Roman Catholic justice on the Supreme Court, Roger Taney-a place of irrelevance that Taney placed himself with his pro-slavery decision that intended to deny Dred Scott equal protection of the law though Scott had already been set free as have all ever after.

    March 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. servant

    The last time I checked, there is no way a man can get a man pregnant or woman gets a woman pregnant. Gays may acquire a child through adoption or sperm donor but there is no way there relationship will ever produce a child on their own which concludes why this is completely against nature. It is a product of the filth and trash that is fed into our lives through the rotten society we live in. Movies, TV's, etc. are just channels to stream this junk into our lives. God is more than forgiving and is willing and able to reach anyone and everyone no matter where they are in their lives. There is no sin that can keep you away from the love of God, but you can keep yourself from God. Turn from sin, repent and ask God to help you where you are in your life, and I promise if you fight the good fight; he will meet you where ever you are. This life is but a twinkling of the eye compare to an eternity. Don't seperate yourself from the love and salvation of God. This is why he gave his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for you and for the sinful. He came for the lost and his instructions were first to love one another (which is why I'm reaching out to those who need to hear this) but to also turn from sin and sin no more (to follow him). We may not be perfect, but we are to strive for perfection. He was our example (perfection) and we're suppose to strive for perfection. The same reason why humanity strives to do their best in sports, academics, and life. So I say this with a loving heart, I LOVE ALL GAYS BUT I DO NOT LOVE THE SIN THEY COMMIT. Love in Christ! – a servant of Jesus Christ.

    March 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Joe

    Inside every conservative is a liberal trying to come out. Thanks for at least a shred of decency and common sense, from an otherwise bat-24!t insane TV host.

    March 27, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. noAd

    Wow. He actually sounds reasonable today.

    I've always wondered why the DOMA proponents have never gone after the serially married with no kids - like Rush Limbaugh (4 x 0). Why can he be officially married with no offspring time and time again? No adoptions, either.

    March 27, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. CNC

    O'Reilly has mentioned repeatedly he is affiliated with NO PARTY and votes as an independent... although he weighs in on many subjects from a conservative perspective...he supports many progressive views and is critical of both side depending on the issue...

    Dont let the facts get in the way of your agenda.

    March 27, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. jaxshan

    Real simple solution

    We conservatives get to call our Godly ordained union Marriage – with State Voted Benefits. +Federal Benefits

    You get to call your perversion of Nature a Civil Union – With State Voted Benefits. + Federal Benefits

    You just don't get to call your sin by a Godly ordained and created name.

    You good with that.

    March 27, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Hugh Jass

    The Bible is fine with slavery and polygamy, but our society is not. The Bible isn't any more relevant than Lord of the Rings in this discussion of law and societal impact.

    March 27, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. freedom

    @Warren

    Intelligent?? They voted Obama back into office – with Obamacare – and socialism! The repercussions from that will affect generations, if we don't fight to change – or get rid of it. That's why we don't want them messing with the 2nd ammendment, and gun laws. It's all a slippery slope – and this is their agenda – it is deliberate.

    March 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. grantcv1

    I grew up in a nation where bigotry was the law. In that country, the far right had on over-representation, by far, in the laws of the land. They justified their hatred and intolerance on religious grounds – that they had received God's approval for their bigotry. If the ugly views that gave us apartheid were wrong and white South Africans deserve the shame they got for having those views, then the ugly views that America's far right has are just as wrong and just as shameful. I grew up in a society where the far right imposed their ugly will upon the people. The far right in America sound 100% exactly the same as those people. There is absolutely no difference and it is every bit as wrong. If you count yourself as among these people, you need to seriously reexamine your faith and your reason for being on this planet.

    March 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. goblackhawks

    Grow up – actually if the "radical" right was wrong civil rights in the 1960's would not have passed .. it was the REP congress that got it to pass .. So maybe you should read a book. Stop getting your talking points from MSNBC ... The DEMS are the party who had a Klan member in congress Sen Byrd ... stop being an Obamabot

    March 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. tribecagal

    Good work Mr. O on this & the Jessica's law issue.

    March 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. kvn

    consider the source, a raving idiot. i love my dog, should i be allowed to marry her???
    go ahead, embrace perversion, then wonder why this country is so in the toilet, but you can't
    complain, you brought it on yourselves

    March 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Bill Richardson wrote:

    Mr. O'Reilly also pointed out, most correctly, that this is a state's rights matter.
    ------------------------
    The "States Rights" argument has been used many times in the past to rationalize and defend legalizing discrimination and bias. It was used to defend slavery. It was used to defend school segregation. It was used to deny people housing. It's been used to deny people their right to vote. It's even been used to deny people a seat on the city bus.

    March 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. no nothing

    I know that this has been said befor, that the Bible thumpers use the same Bible arguments against interraical marrige.

    March 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. DoctorIQ

    America the home of the Immoral. If people want to quote "freedom of choice" as an argument to validate their choice of gay marriage then lets just throw out all the law books. Freedom of choice is an excuse used by the gay movement to convince themselves they are somehow being wronged.
    I went to Cedar Point on gay day not knowing it was gay day. I took my three sons 8 to 14 yrs old and was completely disgusted with the groping, grabbing, and oral displays that I went to management demanding my money returned. the management apologized and gave me double my money back. My Point is you only see this disgusting public groping on gay day. Why grope in public? Other people are trying to raise a family and gays really don't respect that right. How does the gay community expect to be respected when they refuse to respect others. It is my choice to be married and raise a family. I think the average gay is hetero-phobic!

    March 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. donkey

    Never thought I would see the day this jerk would have an open mind. I still don't beleive it. I am sure he closed off some other part of his mind to make up for this shift.

    beermoney4bob.org

    March 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Bham Mimi

    Your story implies that Bill O'Reilly is a "news" anchor...he is not! He is an on-line personality with an "opinion-based" show. Please try your best to be "fair and balanced"....

    March 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. goblackhawks

    Why don't we just vote on this issue and if the polls are correct it will pass ... I bet it won't. I'm curious who are the people they are polling ..

    March 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. rick

    for someone who claims he doesn't have strong feelings he sure has offered some strong feelings in the past. very strong feelings.
    this man is a hypocrite and a liar.

    March 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    grantcv1

    I grew up in a nation where bigotry was the law. In that country, the far right had on over-representation, by far, in the laws of the land. They justified their hatred and intolerance on religious grounds – that they had received God's approval for their bigotry. If the ugly views that gave us apartheid were wrong and white South Africans deserve the shame they got for having those views, then the ugly views that America's far right has are just as wrong and just as shameful. I grew up in a society where the far right imposed their ugly will upon the people. The far right in America sound 100% exactly the same as those people. There is absolutely no difference and it is every bit as wrong. If you count yourself as among these people, you need to seriously reexamine your faith and your reason for being on this planet.
    -----------------
    I keep calling to the American right wing's economic ideology as "economic apartheid". I agree with you 100%. Thanks for the perspective.

    March 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Bubba

    The Radical Right is always fighting for Freedom from Government Control, that is, until Gay Rights comes into play. At this point, the Conservatives show what hypocrites they are, as they attempt to legislate morality, which they can neither define nor wholly practice themselves.
    This fight will endure, but in the end gay right activist will rejoice in their victory. And the parade will be FABULOUS!!!!!!

    March 27, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Hugh Jass

    "this is completely against nature. It is a product of the filth and trash that is fed into our lives through the rotten society we live in. Movies, TV's, etc. are just channels to stream this junk into our lives"
    Honey, gay people are not like vampires. They don't spread by biting people. I mean, you have arguably seen lots of TV and movies in your life, right? Are you saying that they are turning you gay, or making you feel sympathetic to gay people? (Psst – cover your head with tinfoil!) And your whole post sounds hysterical. Are you afraid gay people are after you, or afraid they don't want you? Either way, get help.

    March 27, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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