On December 4, conservative commentator Glenn Beck said that the opponents of marriage equality need to face the fact that “they lost the war” and change their approach.
The declaration was made during an interview with pastor Mark Driscoll, who said that his church had just finished a study on why church attendance is falling; they found that the most common reason was that Christianity and the church are viewed as institutions of intolerance.
It seems as though Beck’s view of same-sex marriage has evolved in recent years. In 2009, he warned that same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy. But in December 2012, he’s quoted as saying: “I don’t care. I don’t want to hurt anybody. Fine, whatever live your life the way you want to live your life.”
“And there’s a tremendous opportunity, I think, for Christians, because they lost the war, they lost that,” he added.
Though Driscoll’s church is not especially welcoming to the LGBT community, he agreed with Beck, saying, “The religious right, the Moral Majority, everybody put those t-shirts away, nobody is wearing them.”
Beck responded, “Right. The place you have to protect is the one that wins with twenty-somethings, which is tolerance. I’m not trying to shut you up. I’m not trying to do anything to you. Don’t do it to me.”