What has Fox News come to? Yesterday on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O got into a discussion with Megyn Kelly about the Prop 8 hearing. In just under two minutes they managed to alienate a large segment of their viewers by not sufficiently hating the gays and our desire to be treated just like everyone else.
Oh, and a pig just flew past my window.
BILL O'REILLY: Somehow, you evolved on this issue. I'm willing to listen to that, but I don't believe any of this is sincere. It's political and it's just awful.Remarkable. Not only does Bill come down firmly against those bible thumping arguments, Megyn admits that Tony Perkins is a babbling fountain of nonsense. Not that this epiphany will stop Fox News from having Perkins as their go to guy whenever they need some fundamentalist gibberish spewed, but hey, progress.
MEGYN KELLY: I mean, I think the country's views on this issue are changing, they're changing dramatically.
O'REILLY: But why are they changing?
KELLY: Well, because I think the same-sex marriage advocates have done a credible job in getting out there and making their case. I mean, for years those who opposed gay marriage -- take the religion piece out of it for this, because there is no arguing that. The Christian religion teaches what it teaches. The Bible says what it says, I mean about marriage.
O'REILLY: But our policy shouldn't be made by that.
KELLY: I know, so take that out of it.
KELLY: What I'm saying is that when you ask -- for example, I had an interview with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. What is it about calling a marriage -- calling a gay union a marriage that offends you. How does it hurt a traditional, or a heterosexual marriage? And I didn't hear anything articulated that was particularly persuasive. What people go back to --
O'REILLY: And I agree with you 100-percent. A 100-percent! … I agree with you a 100-percent. 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.
KELLY: Their best argument, thus far, has been, 'well, marriage is an institution that for 2,000 has been about a man and a woman creating babies.'
O'REILLY: That's right.
KELLY: Procreation. But look at how society has changed. I mean, people, they talk today about would we be okay passing a law saying people over 55 can't get married because they're not likely to have babies.
O'REILLY: 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.
KELLY: I think the Supreme Court is going to come down on the side of letting the democratic process play out in the states.
O'REILLY: 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.
Even though O'Reilly gets wishy-washy on full marriage equality and I still can't stand this guy, I'm going to give him credit where it is due. So thank you Bill for having the courage to go before your sea of gray haired viewers and telling them that gays are Americans who deserve to be happy. It's a darn good start.