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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soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Mark Baird

    "Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known"

    And what would those "Judeo-Christian" values be that are found in free market theories?

    March 27, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. BCW

    Nereida – focus please. We are not talking about rasing children today. We are fighting for equal rights under Federal laws. And, no all straight couples want to have children.

    March 27, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. lvsingleton

    @RAGE67 Exactly, so tell me why it is illegal and would you be in favor of making it legal again....buddy?

    March 27, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. True Independant American...

    "His comments Tuesday weren't the first time he's taken on his own party."
    Bill Reilly may lean right but does not affiliate with the republican party.
    He is a self professed Independant.

    March 27, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. LINNY

    Isn't O'Reilly a Catholic? A Practicing Catholic? What does that really mean?

    He was divorced. Wasnt' he? Goes against Catholic teachings. No?
    He is now for gay marriage? Goes against Catholic teachings. No?

    The leader of the Catholic Church is the Pope. Is that not right?

    Then who amongst Catholics can truly call themselves a Practicing Catholic?

    I wonder if Jesus is not now saying about many in our day as he did when on earth; " Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

    March 27, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. pc1960

    All right, now I'm confused. I agree with a Fox news anchor about something. Excuse me while I experience a personal moral crisis.

    March 27, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Guest

    Be as gay as you want to be but dont define your "union" as our "marriage" which we hold sacred for both religous and traditional reasons. Have your thing, leave ours alone!

    March 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Joe

    We have been denying gay rights based on a giant book that SOME people take seriously. Theoretically, gays could write their own bible and treat that as sacred. No giant fictional book is any more important than the next giant fictional book.

    Gays = Humans, Humans = Loving, Loving = Marriage, therefore Gays = Marriage. Done.

    March 27, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY


    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!

    what a crock. if you are so "grope-phobic" than I'm sure you'll agree that NO forms of touching, kissing, hugging, etc of ANY KIND by ANY PERSON should be allowed. Tell your sons that when they start going out with girls (Maybe, maybe not) that there is to be NO public displays of affection. It's gross and inappropriate.....mkay chief?

    March 27, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. solex

    I think O'Reilly is enough of a republican to see that there is no monetary gains to be had by disenfranchising people that are tax paying citizens. Although I disagree with O'Reilly 99.9% of the time – this time he is right.

    If the ONLY argument you have against Gay Marriage comes from religious dogma, it has no right to become the law of the land.

    March 27, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. John

    lets gay people get married so they can make a mess of it as heteros have been doing for centuries

    March 27, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey GrowUp: After saying "You are conflating Republican with radical right", you should put down your hookuh and take a deep breath of fresh air. [R]s-conflated-with-the-radical-right is a train that left the station MANY years ago. If you are dumb enough to still think of yourself as a [R] today, you have placed yourself smack-dab in the middle of some radically stupid people.

    March 27, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. CosmicC

    @Guest – sure, because separate but equal worked so well in the past (sarcasm).

    March 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. duane - st.pete FL

    he calls them like he see's them and he is pretty fair at calling out nuts on BOTH sides....and there are plenty of nuts on both sides.........

    March 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Alpha Deus

    Considering his views are vapor to say the least, he cares for marriage rights but he didn't care for his kids to have an impartial therapist by bribing her and hiring her to aide him in warping their minds against their mother...how about we defend normal pre and post marital rights against this two faced jerk

    March 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. skarphace

    My question to supporters of DOMA is this: if it is ok for the federal government to ban gay marriage on the federal level, as they have with DOMA, would it also be ok for the federal government to legalize gay marriage on the federal level? In other words, could the federal government force states to allow gay marriage regardless of the wishes of the voters in that particular state?

    If not, then DOMA needs to be overturned and the issue needs to be left up to the states.

    March 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Guest as well

    I agree with Mr. O Although the way he said it probably offended the right.

    March 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Skalamoosh

    The reason we can't speak out against it is because we are sick and tired of those preaching "one love" and love this and love that spewing hate in our face for voicing our beliefs. The same feeling they have when they have some radical bigot spewing hate in their face is what they are giving to those of us who are being reasonable about it.

    March 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. DB

    Marriage is not purely a christian invention! It exists all over the world in many religions as well as not being tied to religion at all. So all this talk about leave our holy sanctified traditional marriage alone is a bunch of bologna! Christians do not "own" the rights to be able to say what marriage is. So please leave that out of your failing arguments. Thanks!

    March 27, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. dadguy

    If Bill invited clergy from the Orthodox Church he would have received the response he was looking for.

    March 27, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey True Independent...You and O'Reilly can "profess" independence all you want, but neither of you can't hide your malignant political approaches, full of fear-mongering and purposeful stupidity, which place you both smack-dab in the middle of the [R] party.

    Now, O'reilly is smarter than the average [R], and in his attempt to continue to make money, he is willing to accept the writing on the wall in terms of gay marriage, and discuss its inevitability purely as a means to give his radio program some sorely needed credibility. If [R]s were winning the gay marriage argument, you can bet he would be using his radio progam to voiciferously berate the LBGT community.....which in fact he HAS done in the past.

    March 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. matte

    America needs to get out of the business of "Marriage". Marriage is a religious rite that is primarily judeo-christian. States should grant civil unions for all couples. Let the individual religions decide who they want to "marry", or "handfast", or whatever your specific religion calls it. This levels the playing field for those looking for state recognition and allows specific religions the autonomy to recognize what they believe.

    March 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. ROMNEY2012

    Let the the filthy monsters live with their sin and disgusting acts. God will judge them with righteous fire.

    March 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. frespech

    Joe- if you get 40+ gay authors to write not one book but 66 of them over the next 2,000 years then we can have some discussion comparing books.

    March 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. nothing new here

    It is good to see that even Fox News is getting weary of the extreme right-wingers.
    About time.

    March 27, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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