“Marriage defender” Bill O’Reilly is divorced

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly has a problem with gay issues.

He likes to talk about how he really doesn’t care about the gay thing, and at one point, he even suggested that he was fine with gay marriage.  Then the religious right got upset and suddenly Bill found God (or God’s ugly twin) again.  And so it goes with gay marriage.  Now when O’Reilly talks about gay rights, he often reiterates the line that he doesn’t care about it, but then finds a way to undercut the pro-gay position.

Gawker reports today on Bill O’Reilly’s divorce.  Yes, proud marriage defender Bill O’Reilly didn’t even defend his own marriage “until death do us part.”

The divorce took place in 2011 (I wasn’t even aware he was divorced), and apparently it’s been somewhat contentious, and involves the couple’s two children, aged 10 and 13.  Which is interesting, since O’Reilly once went off against gay marriage by talking about how kids need a “responsible mother and father” – which they won’t really have after a divorce, at least not full-time (and I’m sure the religious right would argue that it’s not “responsible” to divorce when you have children, period).

Here’s O’Reilly on the children:

Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known, speak to a family built around a responsible mother and a father—certainly the optimum when it comes to raising children.

I also understand that once America changes marital law for one group, homosexuals, it will have to allow plural marriages and other types of situations under “equal justice for all.” Also, there is no question the Scandinavian marriage model of anything goes has led to a drastic decline in traditional marriage.

Now, you might have noticed something else in that O’Reilly quote. Not just a mention of plural marriages, aka polygamy, but also a mention of “other types of situation.”  I read that and I immediately thought “goat.”  And what do you know, that’s exactly what O’Reilly meant.  Gay marriage might lead to people getting the legal right to marry goats, per O’Reilly.


Loving goat via Shutterstock

Loving goat via Shutterstock

O’REILLY: The judges in Massachusetts knew they weren’t going to be impeached when they said to the state legislature, “Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts because we say it is. We the judges” — they knew they weren’t gonna be impeached. They knew the legislature didn’t care. You get the government you deserve. In California, the prevailing wisdom is marijuana is no big deal, let’s legalize it. And since we can’t get that through the legislature, we’ll do it this way. And they did it! You see?

And 10 years, this is gonna be a totally different country than it is right now. Laws that you think are in stone — they’re gonna evaporate, man. You’ll be able to marry a goat — you mark my words!

But it doesn’t stop with goats.  This is a common theme of O’Reilly, bestiality, and he’s gone off about ducks, turtles and dolphins too.


Man and duck via Shutterstock

Man and duck via Shutterstock

O’REILLY: The secular progressive movement would like to have marriage abolished, in my opinion. They don’t want it, because it is not diverse enough. You know, that’s what this gay marriage thing is all about. But now, you know, the poly-amorphous marriage, whatever they call it, you can marry 18 people, you can marry a duck, I mean

LIS WIEHL (co-host): A duck? Quack, quack.

O’REILLY: Well, why, you know, if you’re in love with the duck, who is the society to tell you you can’t do that?


Turtle via Shutterstock

Turtle via Shutterstock

GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS: If you change the variables and say that it doesn’t have to be a man and a woman, it can be a woman and a woman and or a man and a man, why not a man, and a woman, a woman, a woman? It may sound crazy.

BILL O’REILLY, FOX NEWS: I don’t care about gay marriage, like here you go. This is the slippery slope. You legalize gay marriage, gay sex, and all of that, then anybody who wants to marry five people can do it, commune people can do it, you can marry a turtle.


Man and dolphin via Shutterstock

Man and dolphin via Shutterstock

O’REILLY: Time now for “The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day.” One of the arguments against gay marriage, that we just spoke about, is that if it becomes law, all other alternative marital visions will be allowed. We’ve already seen a Dutchman marry two ladies in the Netherlands. Looks like a happy guy. And now comes word that a British woman has married a dolphin in Israel. Forty-one-year-old Sharon Tendler has tied the knot with a 35-year-old mammal, so age is no problem there. But there might be other issues, which would be, of course, ridiculous to get into, and there is one more thing. The dolphin is a female, Cindy, so you got that going on. Again, I guess this is part of the honeymoon ritual, but far be it from me to know anything about that. Despite everything, we wish the couple the best and we hope to see them at SeaWorld or someplace.

Though perhaps my favorite O’Reilly quote on gay marriage was when he warned in 2012 that the President’s embrace of marriage equality meant he would lose North Carolina, and likely Virginia, Nevada, Florida and Ohio.


O’Reilly then warned that after the election, the traditional media likely wouldn’t mention that the gays caused Obama to lose.  But a funny thing happened – Obama won four out of five of those states:

Election results 2012, Obama in blue, Romney in red. Via HuffPo.

Election results 2012, Obama in blue, Romney in red. Via HuffPo.

It’s sad to hear about Bill O’Reilly’s divorce.  But the good news is that there’s a goat somewhere in Alabama with Bill’s name on it.

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