March 28th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Rush Limbaugh concedes conservatives 'lost' marriage debate

(CNN) – Conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage must accept that they’ve “lost the issue,” radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Thursday.

“This issue is lost,” the conservative firebrand said. “I don't care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable - and it's inevitable because we lost the language on this. “

Limbaugh went on to assert conservatives “lost the issue when we started allowing the word ‘marriage’ to be bastardized and redefined by simply adding words to it.”

“Marriage is one thing, and it was not established on the basis of discrimination,” he continued. “It wasn't established on the basis of denying people anything. ‘Marriage’ is not a tradition that a bunch of people concocted to be mean to other people with. But we allowed the left to have people believe that it was structured that way. “

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the legality of same-sex marriage earlier this week.

Another notable conservative, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, said on Tuesday that 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."

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  1. Sniffit

    So yet again we see a rabid radicalized conservative ideologue extremist resot to the following reality-denial rationalization when confronted with yet again being rejected by the majority of Americans:

    "It wasn't our message; it was our messaging."

    Whatever helps you sleep at night, bigots....

    March 28, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Patrick in Wisconsin

    This is probably the one thing I agree with Limbaugh on. He's on a roll right now. Let's see how long it takes before he reverts back to old habits.

    March 28, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The issue of "civil union" vs. "marriage" is simply semantics, and meaningless, in reality.

    The entire issue was always a religious issue, as the religious right considered gay "marriage" to amount to supporting "unnatural" activity, against "God's will".

    They refuse to accept the fact, their entire ideology, is simply wrong.

    March 28, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. John the Historian

    Maybe the Republican party will become the party of family values for all.

    March 28, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. 03125

    No Rush, you lost in the mid-1800s when the government first butted into marriage in the name of racial purity, began to tax and control people's private affairs for profit and social engineering.

    Government has no more business licensing marriage than they do licensing baptisms. Both sides on this conflict are wrong to the core, and we will end up with more state where the state does not belong because you have been arguing on flawed premises.

    March 28, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Mia

    It was a much deserved loss.

    March 28, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    You cannot argue with a mouth filled with ignorance and filth.

    March 28, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    BTW, I believe, pretty soon, this will also be the case with elective abortions and birth control. Keep it up, GOP. There are plenty more people out there to alienate.

    March 28, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Thomas

    How many times has this goon been married ?

    Limbaugh has been married four times and has no children.

    Thank you all mighty for not letting Rush procreate .

    March 28, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Over

    The fact that this moron can have a radio show, make millions and be a pig is a testament to the dumbness of the people. This has got to be the most reprehensible human being to walk the earth, in modern times. What would possess any thinking, feeling person to listen to this cretin is beyond reason.

    March 28, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. gopfails

    Funny how fast the Republicans are moving away from the Karl Rove wedge issue strategy now that they can't win elections with only angry white men.

    March 28, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. M-W-T

    I'm willing to bet anyone that the only people who actually believe either of these two IDIOTS, still have to get up off their couches to change the channels on their TVs

    March 28, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. mike

    As much as Rush rubs me the wrong, and O'Reilly, for that matter, I'm impressed with their willingness to understand the argument is getting to be a moot point. Now, if Glen Beck or Bachmann can figure it out, the worm will have turned.

    March 28, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Quasi

    Now that reality has hit these fanatics, they will feign a lack of care to the marriage equality issues, but will seethe under their skin, for the rest of their lives! Good for them! :D.

    March 28, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. max powers

    I love the self-righteousness on marriage coming from a man who has been married 4 times....

    March 28, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. PS

    Meanwhile, none of Rush Limbaugh's three exes nor his fourth wife could be reached for comment...

    March 28, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Dan

    It was Solomon and 700 wives plus 300 concubines, not Solomon and Steve.

    March 28, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. dapace

    Rush knows what he's talking about. He's been married like 25 times.

    March 28, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Mike davis

    Just lost the language?No you lost the reasional conclusion ,justice is fair when it' inclusive

    March 28, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. clarke

    What can I say Rush. I didn't think this issue was some kind of a race.

    March 28, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Conservatives gop might as well just move to another country like somila ,your not wanted here in the USA and you don't speak for normal Americans,we don't like you or what you represent,the past and the 12 th century !!!!

    March 28, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Ron

    "we lost the language on this." Which means "we didn't spin it well enough."

    March 28, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Veritas

    To those Christians who may be troubled by the obvious anger and even hatred toward Christians from so many merely for daring to believe in orthodox biblical teaching about marriage (as all secular states have as well for all of human history.) Don’t really look for logical reasons for the hatred. Jesus himself taught quite clearly that the world would hate Christians merely for not supporting their ideas and daring to call their sin, sin.

    In John 15 – Jesus said “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in the Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’”

    March 28, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Spike

    This issue was lost in the homes across America. Not because of talking points. The family unit has been destroyed with divorce, co-habiting parents, and the wide acceptance and even support for homosexuality. Young people in the last two or three generations haven't been raised with a faith in anything but themselves. As for O'Reilly's comment. What other basis is there for supporting traditional marriage. It was created by God. Where else should we look?

    March 28, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. nilla

    Wow, what a gracious loser...

    March 28, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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