Glenn Beck launched his radio show this morning with a rousing discussion about Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his recent statements about gay marriage.
Beck started the conversation off by offering up the definition of the word "bigot" -- a term that is often utilized in the gay marriage debate. "The definition of bigot is somebody that won't listen to anybody else's side, because of their point of view...they try to shut down everyone else's point of view," he explained. "If you won't tolerate someone else's point of view, then you are a bigot."
His point, which is something that is often lost on both sides of the contentious same-sex marriage debate, is that one can disagree while still being open to the thoughts and views of the opposing side. When an individual doesn't hold the capacity to at least hear out those with whom he or she disagrees, bigotry comes into play.
Throughout the discussion, Beck reiterated his support for civil marriage, while also driving home his belief in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.
"I don't care -- if you want to sleep with your boyfriend and you're a guy...that's up to you. You don't destroy marriage to do it," he said. "I have exactly the same opinion on gay marriage that President Obama has. Exactly. Unless he's lying."
Toward the end of the discussion, he further explained his stance on same-sex unions:
"I'm for civil marriage. All the rights, civil marriage, that's fine...My solution is take government out of marriage entirely. What is government doing in marriage?...But you cannot change the law. You can't change one part of the equation without the other part of the equation."
The equation Beck is referring to involves the notion that one man plus one woman inevitably (and historically) equals marriage. Violating this concept, which many social conservatives embrace, would essentially, in their view, be like saying that one plus one can equal something other than two (a mathematical impossibility).
Changing what has always been reality, Beck maintains, would open up the floodgates to other changes to the matrimonial equation. He explains:
"The equation is: one guy, one woman equals marriage. That's the equation. One plus one -- one guy, plus one woman -- equals marriage. Now, let's change the second variable. One guy -- change the second variable -- plus one guy -- equals marriage. One woman plus one woman equals marriage. Okay, well how about we change the other variable. Two guys plus one woman equals marriage. One guy plus three women equal marriage."
Laws, Beck says, aren't based on personal morals or certitude. "If you really think that moral certitude -- your moral certitude, my moral certitude, anybody else's moral certitude -- is the way we run our country, well you're mistaken," he said.
"Our laws were based on God's laws. If you don't like that, fine. Fine. That's totally cool," he said. "But you must change the Constitution to be able to change the formula. You have to do it."
Watch Beck explain these concepts, below:
Below, watch Santorum's dialogue with the young people: