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Limbaugh confirms support for civil unions

Timothy Kincaid

July 29th, 2010

Rush Limbaugh made a comment on his radio show that seems to confirm earlier reports that he supports civil unions. Of course he did it in the nastiest way possible. (On Top Magazine)

Before playing a clip from ABC’s The View, where former Fox News anchor E.D. Hill (refereed to as the “infobabe” by Limbaugh) is heard saying that John is “all about the money,” Limbaugh says that he and John share similar views on gay marriage.

“Elton John is not married to David Furnish, and Elton John is not a supporter of gay marriage,” Limbaugh tells his audience. “Elton John is on the same page as I am, as is Obama on gay marriage. He’s for civil unions, but he’s not for marriage.”

“Of course it had to be mentioned in the story that Elton John played my wedding reception … even though I am ‘vehemently anti-gay marriage and Elton John is married,’” he said, then added, “He’s not.”

Limbaugh is no fool. He knows exactly what his audience wants to hear.

So it would seem that Rush Limbaugh believes that his very conservative audience has moved beyond the position of “no recognition at all” and now favors recognition of same-sex couples, provided that they are lesser in status.

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tim
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

This isn’t a new position. Limbaugh has been stating this for years. I’m surprised this is a new revelation.

Of course he, Elton John, and Obama are still in the wrong.

Lindoro Almaviva
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

And that is precisely the reason why neither his voice, nor Elton’s are heard in my house.

Scott P.
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

Elton John isn’t married, but then, the U.K. doesn’t provide for same-sex marriage, so Rushbo’s point is moot. If full marriage equality was available to John, and he preferred to remain in a civil union, THEN, and only then would The Fat One’s argument be valid.

Personally, I’ve never cared for John’s music, so his opinion on ANYTHING is meaningless to me. He’s the biggest media-whore I’ve ever seen.

Emily K
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

To paraphrase a South Park quote,

ELTON JOHN IS NOT THE EMPEROR OF GAY PEOPLE!

Ben in Oakland
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

I’m perfecty happy for rush’s support, and I want to thank him for it. One more of the props underneath anti-gay animus going down rapidly. I’ll take what I can get.

At the same time, Faux News and rush limbaugh–feh.

TampaZeke
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

This is why Elton John’s position is so infuriating. He gives gas bags like Limbaugh carte blanche to claim that it’s OK for him to be against civil equality for gays because a gay person is also against it.

If I remember correctly Elton John used to claim he was straight, and then bisexual. Limbaugh better hold off on pointing to John. His position on just about anything seems to be a moving target.

Tommy
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

This is a very cynical ploy on Limbaugh’s part. He knows that his Right-Wing have lost the issue, so he is positioning himself to amplify the remaining vestige of anti-gay positioning. Many people have forgotten that around 1989-91 he did a stage show called ‘The Rush to Excellence Tour’. During those performances (I attended the one at Arco Arena), he riled up the crowd into some of the most vicious homophobic hate I have ever seen – playing various skits about Barney Frank (‘My Boy Lolipop’) and mocking people with AIDS (‘You’ll Never Love This Way Again’). The crowd would whoop an holler with a murderous zeal at the ‘faggots’ that Limbaugh so despises. During that period, he also had an ongoing war with GLAAD, constantly saying “Flag the tape, flag the tape” and then making digs at them.

Ryan
July 29th, 2010 | LINK

My understanding of Elton’s position is that he is not “against” gay marriage, he simply thinks Civil Unions are an acceptable compromise. But when you choose to lie down with dogs, you’re getting covered with fleas. Elton’s legacy will forever be tarnished by his choice to associate with Rush. Hope the money was worth it.

T.J.
July 30th, 2010 | LINK

I see this as a good thing…there’s a reason they call them dittoheads, my friends, and that’s because they parrot anything this guy says. Either he’s more liberal on social issues than he lets on, or he’s realized conservatives have lost on the issue and so he’s compromising without making it look that way. My dad is always listening to Rush and so I have to sit through it at times. The guy is not stupid by any stretch of the imagination. He’s actually quite brilliant and a master of right-wing spin and so if he’s saying it, his followers will likely follow suit.

cd
August 1st, 2010 | LINK

Either he’s more liberal on social issues than he lets on, or he’s realized conservatives have lost on the issue and so he’s compromising without making it look that way.

Or, he doesn’t actually have strong beliefs- he just recognizes which side has the advantages (with some initial bias) and those appeal to him far more than any of the substance.

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