Glenn Beck said Friday that the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have the right to get married anywhere in the United States “is going to change everything.”
Beck has repeatedly said he believes the government should have no hand in marriage, and if a church wants to marry a gay couple, it should have the right to do so. But he also doesn’t believe a church should be forced to marry a gay couple, or that people of faith should be forced to be involved in gay weddings.
“[Marriage is] going to be used as a tool. Gay activists will say, ‘Yes, it was used as a tool against us for a very long time.’ And there will be a lot of people that want to use it as a tool against hetero couples now,” Beck said on his radio program. “But we are officially now on equal footing. The question is: Will people still try to push for even more? The answer is yes.”
Beck expressed particular concern for the churches that say “I’m going to read the Bible as it’s written” and opt not to perform gay weddings. If nothing else, he said, they could be compared to the Westboro Baptist Church and lose their tax-exempt status.
“Just so you know, the family has been officially and will now be officially redesigned. It has to be defined differently,” Beck added. “The term ‘mom and dad’ in the traditional family is over. Now you’re parent one and parent two.”
“This could mean the end of radio broadcasts like mine,” Beck continued. “I am on now public airwaves, regulated by the federal government. If I say or anybody on this show says they’re for traditional marriage — which I am in my personal life — I don’t believe the government has any place in it. … That now puts this radio broadcast in jeopardy.”
Beck said after Friday’s Supreme Court decision, he is going to begin looking for new ways to communicate with the public.
“It puts anybody who stands up for traditional marriage in jeopardy at work because you are now going against what the federal government says we must now all accept,” Beck said. “If not, you’re a bigot. And now the law has given these activist groups real teeth. The world has changed.”
Beck said the fundamental transformation of America that President Barack Obama promised the nation “is here,” and “we are no longer a country that is following the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“I want you to know, nothing is going to change overnight,” Beck concluded. “Things are going to happen, like somebody is going to sue a church. ‘You have to now marry me.’ Then that’s going to have to go all the way to the Supreme Court. So we have years of these things happening, but it’s going to open up the floodgates. It’s going to open up the floodgates.”
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