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."

Filed under: Rush Limbaugh • Same-sex marriage
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  1. Baalzabarber

    Trust me Tiredofitalready...after reading your tirade, NO man will ever want two wives. One of you would always be more than enough

    March 29, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. ColdWarVet

    First I don't give a darn who marries who. So secondly I was listening to Rush while driving yesterday and this is not what he said. He asked a question if conservatives should just concede everything and just wait a few decades. I just can't understand why these columnist can't report what was siad instead of what they think someone said. One thing I heard a talking head speak about last night is Polygamist are waiting to see how the DOMA turns out and if it is repealed, they will seek marriage to be defined in numerous ways. The only real winners are the Trial Lawyers.

    March 29, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. AnUnderstanding

    “You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap. We're all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

    Your marriage and your way of life is not special. 7 Billion people on this planet, each of them experience and perceive reality in their own individual way. To tell somebody that their way of life is inferior is not only irrational, it's insane. Try humility on for size.

    March 29, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Grinning Libber

    and the white flag does up . ..or is it multi-colored

    March 29, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. child of midian

    We allow corporations to be "people" but we don't allow people to be married.

    Now, if I can take the next idiot who uses the term "slippery slope" and break his nose.

    March 29, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. dman

    O'Reilly and Limbaugh making rational statements on the same day. Wow.

    March 29, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Bob

    Why does anyone care what a confessed habitual (and continual) drug abuser thinks? The guy probably sees melting elephants every time he looks out the window and the odds he will die of an overdose in the next year are pretty high.

    March 29, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. steve

    Question: What did the conservatives "lose"? Is having gay marriage really a loss? I never thought so, but perhaps conservatives think so.

    March 29, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Glenn Limbaugh

    Rush has NO right to talk about marriage. How many times now has he taken marriage vows and then broken them?

    March 29, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Bee

    How can equal rights for all be considered a "loss"?

    March 29, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. lvsingleton

    @ColdWarVet, lets not forget incest. That is sure to come up as well. I can't wait to see how people will combat that once gay marriage is passed.

    March 29, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Mike

    And so it goes – Ummmmm...That was pretty much my point. Most people will argue against it claiming it is a religious tradition, so I opted to word my statement in such a way that would make their arguement invalid.

    March 29, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Badua

    Look not everybody in US is a Christian and believes in what Bible says. Please leave the rest alone. Even the Christians do they follow everything in the Bible? So many Republicans (so called Christians) are accused of adultery, bribes, beating of slaves etc. A sin is a sin.

    March 29, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    If you accept the conservtive notion (as I do) that the govenment should take its hand out of your pocket (taxes) then it is clear that they should also stay out of the bedroom.

    March 29, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. SFRich

    As "child of midian" says, Now, if I can take the next idiot who uses the term "slippery slope" and break his nose.

    Let's line them up behind those using the phrase "outside the box" for starters.

    March 29, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota


    Why does anyone care what a confessed habitual (and continual) drug abuser thinks?

    I've asked this same question over and over again. It truly amazes just how much influence Limbaugh (and others) have in the Grand Old Party. And why it's leadership condones his (and others) erratic behaviour. There is nothing more amusing than reading the comments from his faithful ... a contemptable amusement, mind you.

    March 29, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. hawktyme

    Rush is a "Multi-Marrier". If they were to legalize Polygamy, think of the money he could have saved in Divorce Costs!!

    March 29, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Farify for Me

    Dear Taylor,
    Ummmmmm.... But what if I don't live in your world where there is apparently only one God, the God you have defined by your reference to "The Bible"?
    And so if a gay couple adopts a child and raises it, that child is somehow the product immorallity and therefore unnatural? I'm sure your God would be loving of ANY member of His flock that reached out to another to ensure they grow, develop, prosper and Speak, Hear and Do the word of God.
    I mean you've certainly simplified this for us and thank you very much. Now if you could just convince the billions of people who don't follow your beliefs. Better get off the internet, you've got an awful lot of work to do.


    It is impossible to speak about the World without speaking about God, after all God made the World. The Bible said "Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatever a Man Sowth he shall Reap” The reality is Man has freewill and if he sows immorality he will reap it.

    On one hand, man looks at one who uses performance drugs as wrong or unnatural but having children and raising them by male couples or female couples as good and natural.

    Praise those who Speak, Hear and Do the word of God.

    March 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. TBone

    Ivsingleton @ColdWarVet : "let's not forget about incest?" Really??? Got a hot first cousin you can't stop fantisizing about?

    March 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Bubba Ray

    As "child of midian" says, Now, if I can take the next idiot who uses the term "slippery slope" and break his nose.
    Let's line them up behind those using the phrase "outside the box" for starters.
    The line starts with those using the phrase "it is what it is".

    March 29, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Rush Limpdik

    He makes it sound like this is a Democrat/Liberal thing. Many conservative/Republicans support marriage quality, too. The lead lawyer in the case is a conservative Republican! lol Rush would be on the side of slavery if it was still legal.

    March 29, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Brad

    I have been saying for years that Marriage, as it stands for the people who want it to be just for hetero couples, should only be a religious union, and not a legal union. If they want it to remain as a legal union, then it has to be for everyone. I say make it a religious union, and take the govt completely out of it.

    March 29, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. dick Delson

    This guy is such a jerk that he makes Bill O'reilly seem almost normal.

    March 29, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. bribarian

    Marriage is one man, one woman. Limbaugh isn't important and neither is CNN.

    March 29, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. JSB

    Its obvious that the author of this article didn't actually listen to any part of Rush's show. It's also obvious that allowing definitions to change on a whim just encourages a race to the bottom. I don't particularly care whichever way that this plays out but the misrepresentations of position and race to the bottom hurts everyone.

    March 29, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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