Rush Limbaugh had an apoplectic reaction to the news that President Barack Obama believes that same sex couples in committed relationships ought to be able to get married. The four times married defender of traditional marriage accused Obama of leading a 'war' on marriage.
According to the Huffington Post Obama's endorsement of marriage equality on Wednesday saw a caller to Limbaugh's radio show tell him that pro-gay marriage forces were winning the argument in America.
'I see, we're losing!' Limbaugh hissed. 'We've arrived at a point where the president of the United States is going to lead a war on traditional marriage. You wanna call that winning? Your side is winning when the president has to lead a war on traditional marriage? When you're losing in landslides and you haven't won a state?'
Limbaugh then accused Obama and his liberal supporters of trying to 'turn traditional institutions on their head.' Limbaugh's critics responded that America's fifty percent divorce rate and Limbaugh's own four failed marriages had probably helped dismantle those institutions more substantially than gay marriage ever had.
'People like me, who are minding their own business, all of a sudden have to stand up and defend these traditions and institutions,' Limbaugh snorted. He added that he had to defend them now 'from people like...the president, who's waging a war on traditional America.' For Limbaugh, Traditional America does not include gay people or their legal equality.
Meanwhile Bristol Palin, the conservative daughter of Sarah Palin and America's most famous unwed teen mother, took to Facebook to chastise the president's explanation of how he came to support same sex marriage by talking with his family and friends.
'You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,' Obama said in the ABC interview on Wednesday. 'There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently.'
Bristol countered that fathers should shape their daughters views, never the other way around.
'While it’s great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.'
No statistics exist anywhere to support Palin's confident claim that 'in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home,' however.
Palin had a son with her ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston, but the two were never married and Bristol says that Levi, who has subsequently posed nude for Playgirl magazine, is no longer a part of the child's life. Critics have scoffed that she felt emboldened to critique others concerning their marriage views or family arrangements.