A couple of the loudest voices in the Republican party have spoken out this week on the issue of gay marriage.
Now, Rush Limbaugh has sounded a very different tone, admitting that gay marriage is "inevitable," but blaming Democrats for how they have messed with the important language of the topic.
"I don't care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable," Limbaugh said of the the Prop 8 deliberation. "And it's inevitable because we lost the language on this."
You may need to expound on that one, Rush.
"I maintain to you that we lost the issue when we started allowing the word 'marriage' to be bastardized and redefined by simply adding words to it," the radio host said.
"Because marriage is one thing, and it was not established on the basis of discrimination. It wasn't established on the basis of denying people anything. Marriage is not a tradition that a bunch of people concocted to be mean to other people with. But we allowed the left to have people believe that it was structured that way."
Limbaugh is fine giving same-sex couples the "rights of contract or inheritance or hospital visits."
But he's focused on the definition of marriage, seemingly trying to walk a line between softening his stance on gays and maintaining what he believes to be a moral high ground, concluding:
"Instead of maintaining that and holding fast to that [definition], we allowed the argument to be made that the definition needed to change, on the basis that we're dealing with something discriminatory, bigoted, and all of these mystical things that it's not and never has been."
If you think he's worked up now, don't get Limbaugh started on Beyonce!