This guy now supports gay marriage. Yes, you did just read that.
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Far-right conservative talk-show host and mouthpiece for misplaced anger Bill O'Reilly has more or less announced he supports gay marriage. Are we sure the world didn't end Dec. 21, 2012 and this isn't just some death-induced hallucination?
Appearing on his Fox News program Tuesday, O'Reilly said he believes that supporters of same-sex marriage have a more persuasive argument than those who oppose them with little more reason than "it's in The Bible."
"The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," O'Reilly said on his show Tuesday, according to CNN. "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, a staunch advocate of some Libertarian values like states' rights, said the marriage equality issue should also be decided at the state level.
"I support civil unions. I always have. The gay marriage thing, I don't feel that strongly about it one way or another."
Perhaps never a better cultural barometer for the country's growing acceptance of marriage equality, you really know you're on the wrong side of history when even O'Reilly steps back to reassess the issue and comes out in favor of gay marriage. The tide has turned overwhelmingly on the issue for many Americans in just the last year alone. Less than one year ago in May 2012, not long after President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, 51 percent of U.S. citizens still believed same-sex marriages should be illegal.
Now, as the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of California's controversial gay marriage banning measure Proposition 8, and the equally polarizing Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - which former President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996, an act he now says he felt pressured into - the most recently conducted polls show that 53 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to CBS News.