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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soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein

    Limbaugh doesn't seem to like anyone but his kind of people.

    March 28, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. T

    ........watching the GOP try to like watching the Cubs................with their worst team...............

    March 28, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. david esmay

    You lost the argument because you were wrong. Ideology, not language decided the issue, moron.

    March 28, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Maggie Cain

    The conservatives didn't lose some war of words on this issue; they lost the war of ideas. Making people pay higher taxes and have fewer rights to medical access just because they are gay is discriminatory. If laws had been passed to grant every legal and financial right to domestic partners that are enjoyed by married hetero couples, then this issue would likely never have come up, and the special "marriage" word would still be reserved for straight people. After all, there is a reason that it's common for conservatives who are anti-gay-marriage, to change heart, once they have a close family member come out of the closet. Gays are people, and when you love one and see that they suffer needlessly compared to straight people, you think that's wrong.

    March 28, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. us_1776

    Limbaugh, is he still relevant?


    March 28, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Michael

    First O'Reilly, now Limbaugh. This is a done deal. Any loss for Limbaugh is a win for America.

    March 28, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. mblund

    No Limbaugh. You just lost your mind.

    March 28, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. 66Biker

    I thought it would never happen in a million years, but I think Bill O’Reilly understands what I have been saying all along.

    March 28, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Stacy B

    When the US Supreme Court votes and allows same-sex marriage and I confident they will. When that happens the US will go through calamity like nothing that's ever been seen in the history of man. I know no one believes this but it will happen.

    March 28, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. HenryMiller

    "'s inevitable because we lost the language on this. “

    No, it was inevitable because religion-based discrimination doesn't play well with reasonable people.

    March 28, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Name USMC jarhead

    Nothing but oral diarrhea. Same ol same ol

    March 28, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. jerrymcm1970

    Conservatives will lose election after election while they continue to insist that the only thing wrong with their arguments is the way they phrase them.

    March 28, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. DJ Reality

    Rush is not or ever shall be an example of honesty and piety. The man smuggled drugs and had four wives. Well I guess that makes him the perfect republican.

    March 28, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. AtlJack

    It's so much fun watching conservatives hurdling towards the ground.

    March 28, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Smartman

    Can't wait for the collective culture to destroy itself. My generation is one of moral relativism, entitlement, and taking it easy.

    March 28, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. mountainlady

    Oh, I'm so relieved. Now that Rush has conceded this we can all relax because he is after all the source authority on all things. I mean he did at least graduate from high school and he's only been forced to admit a few times that he makes stuff up for his commentaries so we can absolutely trust him, right?

    March 28, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. Bob1god

    So the big blowhard admits defeat after the war is over.

    March 28, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Former GOPer

    This guy is phonier than the porcelain in his mouth!

    March 28, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. yosemite sam

    This article can be summed up in one sentence:

    "Crazy neoconservatives want votes for their party and are now putting bigotry into hiding where it belonged to begin with."

    March 28, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Amused Muse

    Well, well. Few people, gay or straight, are going to match your track record of failed marriages, Rush.

    March 28, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. Zane

    Marriage predates conservatism, liberalism, America, and even Christianity. Letting loving couples legally tie the knot is not a matter of language. It is simply the right thing to do.

    Perhaps if Limbaugh or other conservatives could provide some compelling information about how same-sex marriage harms traditional marriage – they might have been able to hold off the inevitable for a while longer.

    March 28, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. spangler

    Marriage is a civil right + gender discrimination is illegal regarding civil rights violating equal protection = gays win all court cases.

    March 28, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Ann

    That's right, GOPers-you lose.

    March 28, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Had we left segregation up to the states many states would still have "colored" drinking fountains, restrooms and schools. We must decide if we want the "United States" or a bunch of isolated entities controlled by the biases and prejudices of white, right-wing bigots.

    March 28, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. Iamnotfooled

    It's not the only thing they have lost is it? They are the minority in most issues. Until they deal with that they will always lose.

    March 28, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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