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Glenn Beck Expresses Support for Gay Marriage, Says Republicans Need to Create 'Ultimate Big Tent': VIDEO


Glenn Beck appeared on Penn Jillette's talk show to talk about the Republican Party and same-sex marriage.

Said Beck:

"Let me take the pro-gay marriage people and the religious people — I believe that there is a connecting dot there that nobody is looking at, and that's the Constitution...The question is not whether gay people should be married or not. The question is why is the government involved in our marriage?"

He added: "What we need to do, I think, as people who believe in the Constitution, is to start looking for allies who believe in the Constitution and expand our own horizon...We would have the ultimate big tent."


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  1. Oh - you've finally realized that marginalizing everyone except for straight white males wasn't working?

    Posted by: TL1878 | Dec 11, 2012 9:37:08 AM

  2. I believe the headline is misleading. While the increased acceptance by those on the right that they are fighting a losing battle is surely a welcome development, asking "why is the government involved in our marriage" is not the same as "express[ing] support for gay marriage."

    Posted by: Patric | Dec 11, 2012 9:40:24 AM

  3. A chameleon doesn't change its appearance to be trendy or popular; it's a survival behavior. That lizard senses danger.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 11, 2012 9:42:56 AM

  4. I can't wait to here Maggie's reaction to this!

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 11, 2012 9:46:06 AM

  5. Wow so finally they realize that kicking out their son or daughter for being gay would reduce their political reach? this is just sad . White Evangelicals are willfully becoming the minority.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 11, 2012 9:49:41 AM

  6. No, no. He's more anti-gay marriage than ever. What he is promoting is the removal of government from marriage. What remains when you take the civil element out of civil marriage? RELIGION. And we all know how popular same sex marriage is with the churches!

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 11, 2012 9:53:04 AM

  7. He still need to go away! The world can't wait for dinosaurs to catch up on evolution. If they can't catch up, they extinct! Such is the nature of the world we live in.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Dec 11, 2012 10:01:32 AM

  8. I couldn't watch the whole thing, but I certainly didn't feel that Beck was offering support.

    Could we stop saying gay marriage and same sex marriage and say marriage equality?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 11, 2012 10:07:07 AM

  9. This is complete babble.

    Posted by: Christian | Dec 11, 2012 10:07:21 AM

  10. Speaking of tents...I'd like to put those two in a tent and permanently seal it.

    Posted by: Oliver | Dec 11, 2012 10:24:47 AM

  11. A misleading headline is a disservice. The headline should be changed.

    Posted by: reader | Dec 11, 2012 10:34:42 AM

  12. I'll be glad if the republicans stop blocking progress on gay rights. But there are still plenty of reasons not to vote for them.

    Posted by: mike128 | Dec 11, 2012 10:56:55 AM

  13. In order to evolve, his big tent needs to exclude NOM and FRC. They together with the tea party fringe are dragging down the GOP.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 11, 2012 11:07:23 AM

  14. I remember him saying a long time ago (two years or so), though, that gay marriage was okay.

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 11, 2012 11:18:33 AM

  15. Joe, if I understand this line of reasoning, if you "take the government out of marriage," then it's equal civil unions for everybody, gay and straight alike, and you're free to have whatever ceremony you want wherever you want or none at all cuz the government no longer cares if you're "married" or not.

    Personally, I've got no problem with that. My interest is in equality, not in what words the government uses in recognizing kinship relationships in general, and that sounds like a decent separation of church and state to me.

    Posted by: Shelly | Dec 11, 2012 11:20:52 AM

  16. and then he told his followers to stock up on guns and buy farms because Obama won a second term.

    because he's clearly sane.

    and he didnt' really endorse gay marriage, here. when you support and endorse it there's very specific language that you use. clarity. this is that typical evasive speak his kind likes to toss around.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 11, 2012 11:26:59 AM

  17. Oh, look...the wind is changing in the west. Must be time to etch-a-sketch a new position. Wait, I still hate gays, so let me put on some lipstick and rouge up my position a little more. The scorpion stings it's savior because that's it's nature--I trust Glenn Beck as far as I can throw him and his weepy face.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Dec 11, 2012 11:42:28 AM

  18. turns out the mayans are right after all....

    Posted by: RandyN | Dec 11, 2012 11:58:44 AM

  19. @Patric,

    You say stating that asking the question about why is government involved in our marriage is actually a powerful statement of support for gay marriage, in that it presumes that gay marriage exists and are equal to any other marriage.

    While I really never agree with Beck, this is a fairly radical statement.

    Posted by: AKChris | Dec 11, 2012 12:14:38 PM

  20. "Oh, look...the wind is changing in the west. Must be time to etch-a-sketch a new position."
    Yes, and...
    "A chameleon doesn't change its appearance to be trendy or popular; it's a survival behavior. That lizard senses danger."
    Believe me, these cretins hate us as much as ever. In fact they probably hate us more than ever, since the gay marriage wedge issue isn't the secret sauce it was in prior elections.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 11, 2012 12:51:30 PM

  21. That suggestion comes up frequently, "We ought to get the government out of marriage, Civil Unions for everybody!"

    Uh-huh. Good luck with that. The Right, through groups like NOM, the AFA and FOTF has gone ON and ON about "redefining marriage" when the Marriage Equality movement is nothing of the kind. It merely seeks to increase the number of people to whom marriage is available, without changing the rights and responsibilities of the institution at all.

    But to suddenly literally redefine civil marriages as "civil unions"? Oh yeah, THAT ought to go over big with voters! (<-sarcasm) Further, it doesn't really change a single thing. It presumes that preforming "marriages" is limited to churches, that God is up on a fluffy white cloud nodding His approval at THOSE unions, but it also assumes that NO religions would marry same-sex couples when that is far from the truth. There are many churches who do solemnize the unions between same-sex couples, so how would it change the debate?

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 11, 2012 1:16:55 PM

  22. ya know i agree and i disagree with GB's point but as far as a comment about churches and marriage. Gay marriage is as much a religious right as any and plenty of houses of worship whatever the faith do perform same sex marriages.

    Posted by: Alexander | Dec 11, 2012 1:47:00 PM

  23. The way to reconcile same sex marriage with conservatives is for them to drop their absurd interpretation of the Bible and for them to love us as God made us. But I wont hold my breath on that one.

    Posted by: Gast | Dec 11, 2012 2:18:30 PM

  24. Why is Glenn Beck trying to wear such a butch-looking shirt?

    Is he finally reconciling the fact that marriage equality is neither the cause of the end of Western Civ nor the torch that will scorch genuinely conservative values? Real Conservatives should embrace marriage equality as a great thing.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Dec 11, 2012 2:53:00 PM

  25. I lost mountains of respect for Penn today. If he's stooped to this, the magic and speaking business must not be paying well any more. He surely knows that Beck is not a libertarian, by any definition. Beck is just trying to use Penn to get skeptical credibility.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 11, 2012 4:15:46 PM

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