Fox News host Bill O’Reilly says he is ‘outraged’ that the US Supreme Court last month allowed California’s Proposition 8 to be overturned resulting in gay marriages resuming in the state.
‘I was outraged that the people of California vote for traditional marriage and then the Supreme Court finds a loophole to overturn that vote,’ he said today on CBS This Morning. ‘That’s not what America’s all about.’
California voters approved the ban on gay marriage in 2008 after a four month period during which same-sex marriages were allowed to take place.
The law was successfully challenged in court and the Supreme Court decided on 26 June that a lower court ruling declaring it unconstitutional would stand.
O’Reilly not only has a problem with that ruling, but with the notion of marriage equality overall.
‘I don’t buy into the fact that homosexuals have a constitutional right to marry. I don’t believe that,’ he said. ‘Because if that were true, then pluralists would, then Mormons could have more than one. You know, all of that.’
Then he added: ‘But I do respect the fact that gay people want to be treated the same as everybody else. I understand and I respect it, but I think the states should decide.’
In March, O’Reilly had surprised viewers by saying he is ‘fine’ with gay marriage and that its opponents had done nothing but ‘thump the bible.’
He also said then: ‘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.’