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03/27/2013

Megyn Kelly, Bill O'Reilly say Tony Perkins has no credible argument

by Jeremy Hooper

Real Clear Politics brings us this unexpected (but welcome) exchange between two Fox News anchors:

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 At 9.32.20 AmMEGYN 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 --

BILL 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.
FULL TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO: O'Reilly: Gay Marriage Proponents Have "Compelling Argument" Against Bible "Thumpers" [Real Clear Politics]

I should add that this exchange came on the same day that Kelly actually challenged Maggie Gallagher on-air, ssking her how her current work is different from those who opposed interracial marriage. A new day brewing at Fox News?

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