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. Larry L

    Are many of the right-wing pundits sniffing the winds and seeking a more popular direction? Are they easing themselves away from the white, fearful, bigoted, and radical right-wing and smoozing the more progressive center? That's makes sense... since they are nothing more than entertainers delivering a media product to the highest and most pleantiful bidders.

    March 28, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Tanker

    Limbaugh and O'Reily conceed on gay marriage...

    Some where in hell, the Devil is making a snowman...

    March 28, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. John

    Isn't is funny how when the going gets ruff, these two greedy evil people turn coat so easily. The biggest mistake conservatives ever made was to trust people like them. They fail to acknowledge the fact that the argument for gay marriage has been made by the media at large while mostly armatures have been left to defend marriage as it has traditionally been. People that are defending traditional marriage are right and we will weather the storm. How? Not because we are so great, but because God is on our side. He created people with the idea that peg A goes into slot B. and no matter how much people want to deny that, it will contine to be true, and if the two baboons can't defend that then its a real testament to their stupidity. May they choke on the money they made selling propaganda.

    March 28, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Rich Miller

    There was a time when segregation wasn't considered discrimination, either.

    March 28, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. Johnson

    Is Rush a marriage authority?

    March 28, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Jay Rehak

    The reason Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk lost the marriage debate is because they were wrong from the start. Period. All else is sophistry and spin. Rush lost the argument because he was wrong. Those who are ditto heads should be honest with themselves and realize they "lost" because their position was wrong and indefensible.

    March 28, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. 5acrefarm

    I don't know about you, but I'm very curious about how the four-marriage, former drug addict feels about 'traditional' marriage.

    March 28, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. Ioannis Soultatos

    He is an idiot
    Shame on the media.
    There are better people for any program than him
    He creates hate.
    Not necessary
    I ignore him

    March 28, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. bellarue

    As a straight middle aged Christian, my opinion is that although it is not my personal preference, it is also none of my business. I have enough on my hands with my own marriage to concern myself with someone else's marriage. At the end of the day, this changes nothing other than giving everyone the rights and respect that I myself enjoy.

    March 28, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. vidal808

    That must kill him – to admit anything! I just love it – every little thing about it.....

    March 28, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. reacharound

    Bill O'Rielly and Rush discussing marriage, a great example of a flawed argument.

    March 28, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. jon sentry

    Rush is on his third (or is it his fourth) marriage. He is not a good candidate for the DOMA concept.

    March 28, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. ak_steve

    Conservatives didn't loose the marriage debate – bigotry lost the debate. Oh wait, that's the same thing. Sorry.

    March 29, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. Burst Bubble

    What is the difference between civil union and marriage? I am surprised by both of you. Bill says he's okay with Civil union ,but not supportive of same sex marriage, that is interesting. Well, I would have to say they aren't the same legally. The partners don't have the same rights as "married" couples, so it really isn't equality under the law. Let them get married. One of the fears is that "same sex married couples will product more gay people". It isn't true. People who are attracted to the same sex are the same as people who are attracted to the opposite sex. Both groups are born that way. Why not just let them be married in their own type of relationship? It doesn't hurt anybody. They both just want to be in loving relationships that are treated equal under the law. Can't we all just get along and support loving and healthy relationships?

    March 29, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. JakeAZ

    Limbaugh: "‘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. “

    haha. yeah, the left is making people believe this, its not the fact that its the simple and decent thing to recognize love is love. and americans are finally waking up to this point and finding yours to be the neanderthal one. poor conservatives, always on the wrong side of history. the tories.

    March 29, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. For reals

    He is absolutely right. How CNN is reporting is a bit odd, however. He talked for 3 hours and they quote one sentence?

    March 29, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. Jeb

    They lost because they were wrong. Just like the conservatives that didn't want women to vote or people of different races to marry. They are always on the wrong side of history because what they fear most is change. Unfortunately for them, change is the only constant in life so they will go the way of the dinosaurs.

    March 29, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  18. J.C.

    Face it Rush, neoconservaitves are just plain mean regardless of "marriage," the Bible, etc. Thumping your Bibles doesn't show compassion, understanding or even tolerance. It just shows your true caveman colors.

    March 29, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  19. Pk duster

    Bill you are human some of the time i wonder is russ has a heart

    March 29, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. MesaMax

    If homosexual marriage was good for a society, it would have become embedded into the social fabric of civilization a thousand years ago. It did not, meaning that it must not have been good for society. Heterosexual marriage has withstood the test of time, in every sense of the word.

    Homosexual behaviors have not changed hence it is good to keep marriage as it always has been. And keep the sexual restriction in place. Our laws should not condone nor encourage behaviors or concepts that are inimical to society. Not all change is progress.

    March 29, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. Lenny Pincus

    A serial polygamist has thoughts on marriage? How odd.

    March 29, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  22. GO_GOP

    Limbaugh's my hero. I would have loved to see him as our President. However we are now going down the drain with this thing about gay marriage.

    March 29, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  23. Getoverit

    Conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage must accept that they’ve “lost the issue,”
    Translation: The left wing media wins again.

    March 29, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. MeanOldMan

    When is the right going to understand that they are not losing issues because of how they talk about them but because the majority of the American people don't agree with what their positions are. If you were in a foreign country where nobody spoke english you could say whatever stupid thing you like as long as you say it with a smile you will be fine. Problem is that here we all speak the language and no matter how you try to phrase it people still understand what you are saying.

    March 29, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  25. Dan A

    Rush, you've been divorced three times. That's why you lost the high ground on "traditional" marriage.

    March 29, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
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