Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly would be okay if Congress decided to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

O'Reilly, the host of Fox New's The O'Reilly Factor, made his comments Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in Media Party, where the best-selling author was among those honored.

“I think they should leave it to the states,” O'Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don't think the federal government should impose it on anybody. Let the states decide the issue.”

When asked about repeal of DOMA, the law which prevent federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples, O'Reilly said that he doesn't “really feel one way or the other about it.”

“I think it's a symbolic act, so whatever they want to do there in Congress, fine,” O'Reilly said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

O'Reilly first appeared to soften his opposition to marriage equality during a discussion on the issue with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly.

The “compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” he said, then added: “And the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

Conservatives criticized O'Reilly for the remarks. Radio show host Rush Limbaugh said that he had “marginalized” Fox News viewers.