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Bill O'Reilly Defends Gay Marriage, Says 'Bible Thumping' is Losing: VIDEO

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Bill O'Reilly said he's "fine" with gay marriage in a conversation with Megyn Kelly on FOX News last night.

Said O'Reilly:

The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. 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’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible."

Adding:

I support civil unions, I always have. Alright. The gay marriage thing, I don’t feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it. Right. New York has it now. I live in New York, New York has it, I'm fine with it. I want all Americans to be happy, I do.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If we sup with this devil let's use a long spoon.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 27, 2013 9:51:09 AM


  2. Wow and Wow. Crazy to think I actually 100% agree with Bill.

    Posted by: j | Mar 27, 2013 9:53:22 AM


  3. It's like watching dominos going down…..

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 27, 2013 9:56:38 AM


  4. Sometimes reason and compassion win out over hate.

    Posted by: jonny | Mar 27, 2013 10:00:56 AM


  5. Someone pinch me, please. Am I dreaming or did a Fox News host actually come out in support of marriage equality? I must be dreaming.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Mar 27, 2013 10:07:52 AM


  6. States' rights is, at least, a traditional and consistent conservative position.

    that's why I think the Supremes will have 6 or even 7 votes for declaring sec. 3 of DOMA unconstitutional.


    In fact, i think that one justice (either Roberts or Alito) with write a concurring opinion (a la Justice O'Conner in Lawrence) reaffirming the 10th amendment violations in the context of this specific case.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 27, 2013 10:14:18 AM


  7. I have to agree with Lymis. This is just a function of the anti-equality side suffering wave after wave of people abandoning the anti-equality cause because they have concluded that it is just unwinnable. Most of the former anti-equality movement is now defunct, and all that is left to carry on is a small rump movement consisting entirely of fundamentalist Xtians. It's curtains for the Xtianists.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Mar 27, 2013 10:20:47 AM


  8. Did Bill O roll snake eyes or something?

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 27, 2013 10:24:15 AM


  9. I just bought a whole bunch of bagged ice from this company called Hell Inc.

    Posted by: Bollux | Mar 27, 2013 10:25:42 AM


  10. Well that's highly uncharacteristic of him

    Posted by: Will | Mar 27, 2013 10:28:28 AM


  11. I just fell down the rabbit hole.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 27, 2013 10:39:04 AM


  12. He, like his Evil master Rupert, knows it's Game Over, so instead of looking like past tense dead enders, they are accepting progress.

    They know it looks bad to be on the losing side of History.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Mar 27, 2013 10:45:53 AM


  13. Fox News wants this issue behind them. That's why it's getting such little play.

    They sound archaic when they have contributors like Todd Starnes calling themselves "second-class citizens" for their "religious convictions." But they also sound weak to their base of nutcases when they present the facts (polling is skyrocketing in our favor, the Prop 8 proponents got smoked in the lower courts, Bill O surprisingly supports it, etc.).

    At this point, they're clicking their heels and hoping to wake up in a world where they can run stories like "Gay Marriage in All 50: Was it Judicial Activism?" or "California Voters' Voices Silenced!" That'll rally the troops in 2014 and they won't have to be anti-gay; they can just be anti-Dem again.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 27, 2013 10:46:00 AM


  14. Great. It will be really interesting to see what some of you do when marriage equality becomes a reality, ENDA gets passed, and the entire gay political agenda is realized.........and you then find out that none of it has made a hill of beans worth of difference in the lives of 98% of gay men......and can no longer blame your problems on conservatives, Republicans, and "Christians".

    You will find that if you persist with the culture of effeminacy, you will still not be respected or accepted by other men--or, more importantly, each other......you will find that having the right to marry will not change the fact that the vast majority of gay men never manage to form a lasting, loving connection to another man.....you will find that drug abuse, alcoholism, STD-infection and suicide continue to plague gay men in disproportionate numbers.

    Perhaps THEN the REAL demons of gay life will be faced at long last.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 27, 2013 10:47:29 AM


  15. O'Reilly, others at Fox and in general the newly pro-gay marriage folk are basically political opportunists. I would guess that what O'Reilly is now saying is he and other right-wingers have long felt -- that gay marriage or not doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. But when homophobic stances could gain political traction, they would only espouse anti-gay rhetoric (about marriage or anything else) and wouldn't dare say what they felt. Now that the tide is shifting toward aceptance of gay relationships, anti-gay rhetoric has become a liability and they are changing their tune. (I'd say the same about some Democrats. While they might have refrained from the worst anti-gay rhetoric, they only come out for gay marriage when it no longer seems to be a political liability.)
    So, the dominoes (of political opportunists) are indeed falling, thanks to all the organizing and protests around marriage equality, which has turned being pro-gay marriage from a political liability to something positive or at least nuetral.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Mar 27, 2013 10:48:42 AM


  16. O'Reilly, others at Fox and in general the newly pro-gay marriage folk are basically political opportunists. I would guess that what O'Reilly is now saying is he and other right-wingers have long felt -- that gay marriage or not doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. But when homophobic stances could gain political traction, they would only espouse anti-gay rhetoric (about marriage or anything else) and wouldn't dare say what they felt. Now that the tide is shifting toward aceptance of gay relationships, anti-gay rhetoric has become a liability and they are changing their tune. (I'd say the same about some Democrats. While they might have refrained from the worst anti-gay rhetoric, they only come out for gay marriage when it no longer seems to be a political liability.)
    So, the dominoes (of political opportunists) are indeed falling, thanks to all the organizing and protests around marriage equality, which has turned being pro-gay marriage from a political liability to something positive or at least nuetral.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Mar 27, 2013 10:48:43 AM


  17. Great. It will be really interesting to see what some of you do when marriage equality becomes a reality, ENDA gets passed, and the entire gay political agenda is realized.........and you then find out that my father still hates me.

    FTFY

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 27, 2013 10:58:30 AM


  18. Wow.One of the most notorious homophobes in the media says that he's fine with marriage equality.

    Posted by: Miguel | Mar 27, 2013 10:59:34 AM


  19. I'm sending a flying pig to go get me a bag of ice from Hell!

    Honestly that he supports it doesn't surprise me that much. That he's saying he supports it is the surprise, and that he's calling out the Bible-thumpers. That's Fox's core audience!

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 27, 2013 11:09:09 AM


  20. there will be countless videos on youtube cutting back and forth between the positively Sybil-ian nature in which "gay marriage" has been championed, dismissed and denigrated by O'Reilly.

    dude knows which way the wind is blowing and is afraid of looking bad. good news - his fanbase have short memories.

    they've already forgotten about his loofah-falafel soapy-b00bs phonecalls.

    kp0 - you crack me UP! :-)


    this is actually classic O'Reilly - who is this man, and what does he do? he's a man who lies to a very specific and stupid target audience to appease their small minds. and every once in a while, he needs to hike his pants up and remember that the world spun one more day, and he can't get *too* far behind.

    optimistic side - may this inspire change in at least some of his braindead base.


    to any young people who read this page and saw the cowardly B.S. that the troll Rick wrote - dont' worry: be yourselves, always. be exactly who and what you are, in whatever way makes you happiest. there is no such thing as a "culture of effeminacy' - that's something that grown adult men who are still closeted say as en excuse to remain closeted. ignore them. they're wrong. but you likely already know this, from the people you meet and the lives you change by living in the real world.

    the good news is this - the "fem hating" gay men are not people you will meet out in the real world; those guys are too cowardly to set foot outside their front door. so rest assured, you won't have to deal with them in public. as for straight bigots, they're changing their tunes, too. i've been called a "femme" by some insecure gay men online, but i've got a family that has my back 100% and straight male buds that join my family and i marching in the pride parades every year. if being a "femme" meant straight men didnt' respect me, i wouldn't have the life i have today. and my life rocks. so rest assured, you dont' need to change who you are to be accepted and embraced - you being exactly who you are will help them change from bigots to brothers.

    hugs.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 27, 2013 11:09:37 AM


  21. Bill O'Reilly is still the north end of a southbound horse.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Mar 27, 2013 11:09:50 AM


  22. If we sup with this devil let's use a long spoon.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 27, 2013 9:51:09 AM

    ^ AGREED

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 27, 2013 11:48:04 AM


  23. Well if nothing else he continues to confuse and occasionally bewilder me in a good way.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Mar 27, 2013 11:56:12 AM


  24. @dearcomrade: best comment today.

    No fan of Bill O'Reilly but if Bill O'Reilly drops a hit on the "bible thumpers", I'd say marriage equality is a done deal.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 27, 2013 12:11:17 PM


  25. Hew didn't come out in support of marriage equality. He said he doesn't care about it being legal. He's always had a pretty similar position on it. Just two weeks ago, he was calling a gay politician a pedophile defender, so I'm not going to celebrate this but it is another clear signal that blatant homophobia is on it's way out in our society. It's now becoming no longer cool or OK to pick on gay people. We're now a litmus test in a sense. If you're cool, you're cool with us, and if you're not cool with us, you're not cool.

    That's a very cool thing!

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 27, 2013 12:25:15 PM


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