Bill O'Reilly again theorized that the legalization of gay marriage could lead to interspecies marriages, stating to Margaret Hoover, "[Y]ou would let everybody get married who want to get married. You want to marry a turtle, you can." O'Reilly has previously suggested that gay marriage could ultimately allow for a person to marry a goat, duck, or dolphin.
During the May 11 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly returned to his theory that the legalization of gay marriage could lead to the eventual legalization of interspecies marriages, this time stating to Fox News analyst Margaret Hoover, who argued against O'Reilly's theories, "[Y]ou would let everybody get married who want to get married. You want to marry a turtle, you can." O'Reilly has previously suggested that gay marriage could ultimately allow for a person to marry "a goat," "a duck," and "a dolphin."
During the May 11 segment, O'Reilly also again claimed gay marriage would lead to polygamous marriage, saying, "[I]f you OK gay marriage, then you have to do plural marriage, which is now -- has a name, triads. Three people getting married."
O'REILLY: All right, Hoover. I did not know this, but I had said from the jump if you OK gay marriage, then you have to do plural marriage, which is now -- has a name, triads. Three people getting married. There is a group in Maui, Hawaii, called the Lessin's adversary group -- advocacy group, and it's World Polygamy [sic: Polyamory] Association. They're associated with that. And they want to be married.
So, No. 1, I'm an oracle. And No. 2, how you can deny them under equal protection under the law?
O'REILLY: OK, so you say that they have to marry, as well.
HOOVER: No, no. Here's what I think. First of all, I think it is extremely disingenuous for you to suggest that, if you allow gay people to get married, they're going to have to allow -- that polygamy is then going to run --
O'REILLY: You just said you have to.
O'REILLY: You just -- wait, wait. You just said you have to allow them.
HOOVER: You know what due process is? Due process is when we have laws, we then enforce them. We don't even -- we barely in five states have laws that gay people can be married. We have states -- laws in zero states that polygamy can happen.
O'REILLY: If I walk in to the Massachusetts state house and say, “Hey, Governor Deval Patrick, you've got to marry me and Lenny.” All right? Because --
O'REILLY: Not only Lenny, but Squiggy too. All right? Or I walk in with the O'Brien twins from South Boston and say, “Hey, you've got to marry me, because you're allowing gays to get married, and I'm in the Lessin's group, the World Polygamy Association.”
O'REILLY: OK, but --
HOOVER: Not multiple people. By the way, the last time polygamy was on the rise? 1896, when Utah became the 45th state in the union. Not a massive movement going mainstream.
O'REILLY: Carlson's right, though. You have to change the law to include the polygamy people, then.
HOOVER: That's Hoover.
O'REILLY: I mean -- sorry.
O'REILLY: There's a show -- Big Love. Have you seen that show?
CARLSON: I have.
O'REILLY: What about -- they're in love? They're in love, Carlson. How you can deny? How can you deny? Look at this guy. He loves all of those women.
O'REILLY: But you're denying them equal rights.
O'REILLY: All right. So you disagree?
O'REILLY: You'd let everybody do whatever they want?
O'REILLY: Hoover, you would let everybody get married who want to get married. You want to marry a turtle, you can.
HOOVER: Due process. I want to abide by the law. If the law says I can marry a turtle, I'll marry a turtle. Last time I checked, we're a Judeo-Christian culture that doesn't allow me to marry turtles.
O'REILLY: You've got to take a stand. You've got to take a stand, now. You would be for, then, putting the umbrella over all groups.
O'REILLY: That's a copout. Total copout.
O'REILLY: OK, but then you have to explain why two and not three.
O'REILLY: Explain why two and not three? And you can't.
O'REILLY: On two.
HOOVER: -- two people, yes.