Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that gay marriage was “inevitable.”

Limbaugh told his audience that regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on two separate cases related to marriage equality, the fight against it has been lost.

“We lost the issue when we started allowing the word 'marriage' to be bastardized and redefined,” he said.

“Once you decide to modify the word marriage then the other side has won. The best thing that marriage had going for it was basically what they teach you the first day in law school: If you hang on a horse the sign that says 'cow,' it does not make it a cow.”

“Although today it might. And that's where we are today,” he added.

Limbaugh went on to assert that anti-gay discrimination played no part in the debate.

“Discrimination is not an issue and never was. No one sensible is against giving homosexuals the rights of contract, or inheritance, or hospital visits. There's nobody that wants to deny them that. The issue has always been denying them a status that they can't have by definition.”

“And by definition, same sex people cannot be married.”