Fox News host Bill O’Reilly bashed adversaries of same-sex marriage on Tuesday night’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.” He claimed those who oppose letting gays and lesbians legally wed have a weak argument that rests solely on religious beliefs.
The conservative Fox News host was discussing two cases brought to the Supreme Court concerning same-sex marriage. One was argued before the justices Tuesday and the other will be Wednesday. Colleague and attorney Megyn Kelly was brought onto the show to give her opinion on how the high court was going to rule on the two cases.
Many were shocked when Kelly explained why those who oppose same-sex marriage didn’t have a strong argument and even moreso when O’Reilly agreed. The pundit said public policy should not be based on the Bible, and Kelly interjected that once religion was taken out of the argument, the arguments against were not very persuasive.
“I agree with you 100 percent, the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” O’Reilly said. “That is 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.”
“I support civil unions, I always have,” he added. “The gay marriage thing, I don’t feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it.”
Some readers from “The Raw Story” couldn’t believe what O’Reilly had said:
“Ok, who is that guy and what did he do with O'Reilly? Calling Fox contributors Bible Thumpers? Oy vey!” One person wrote. Another said, “Wait...did I click on the Onion by accident? THIS IS REAL!?”
The Supreme Court's rulings are expected to come down in June