Fox News host Bill O’Reilly appears to have a new stance on gay marriage.
O’Reilly – the conservative commentator who hasn’t been shy about his opposition to gay nups in the past – seemed to have a change of heart this week as the Supreme Court hears cases on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
“All right, the gay marriage thing, I don't feel that strongly about it one way or the other,” O’Reilly told Fox’s Megyn Kelly during a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Tuesday. “And the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the bible.”
Until recently, O’Reilly was a strong proponent of the “other side.” In 2009, he warned that gay marriage would lead to polygamy and even people marrying animals.
“You would let everybody get married who wants to get married. You want to marry a turtle, you can,” he said on a May 11, 2009 segment of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
O’Reilly’s apparent turn-around has been met with surprise from gay marriage advocates and opponents, alike.
Stephen Colbert, who modeled his over-the-top character on his Comedy Central show, O’Reilly feigned outrage. “Bill O'Reilly doesn't feel that strongly about something? What's happening?! You're Bill O'Reilly! Read your f------ contract!”
Conservative commenters sounded off on the internet. “For you to call your professed brothers and sisters in Christ, ‘bible thumpers’ is very unchristian,” one post read in response to a New York magazine article.
But supporters of gay marriage were more receptive of O’Reilly’s change of heart. “Even Billo knows laws like DOMA and Prop 8 are wrong,” a commenter wrote on the Huffington Post.