Who made the most outrageous and defamatory comments about gays, lesbians or transgender people last year? The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has compiled a list of their top offenders.

“[A]nti-gay activists and media pundits continue to make outrageous claims about our community, and many media outlets persisted in using problematic and defamatory language that affects the way that people view the LGBT community,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano in announcing the list. “That's why now, more than ever, we need to capitalize on our community's momentum, make our voices heard and work towards more fair, accurate and inclusive representation of our lives.”

Leading the list is Bill O'Reilly, author and host of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor. His most bigoted remarks this year came right after the California Supreme Court struck down an anti-gay marriage ban. On the May 15 broadcast of the show, O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly, host of America's Newsroom, decried the decision. Kelly said: “They created yet another fundamental right that had never existed before. They are making this stuff up out of whole cloth.” The pair also likened gay marriage to polygamy and incest. “How about polygamist,” asked O'Reilly, “could they move from Utah and get a fundamental right to marry?” “No,” responded Kelly, “They didn't find that right for polygamists or people who commit incest.”

GLAAD also says the language used by proponents of California's gay marriage ban was defamatory.

“The [Yes-on-8] ads relied on scare tactics and spread inflammatory lies, including that the defeat of Proposition 8 would mean changes in schools and churches,” said GLAAD.

Another Fox News anchor, Greg Gutfeld, host of the Red Eye, makes the list. GLAAD points to a May 20 story, titled Gender Envy, where he and several guests discussed the serious topic of gender reassignment as a joke. Amid much laughter and snickering, the show presented a very biased look at the serious medical concerns faced by transgender youth.

Museum of Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee and Focus on the Family leader James Dobson's contributions to anti-gay speech are simply too numerous to mention, but GLAAD highlights several. In an October 14 broadcast of the Glenn Beck Show, Dobson agreed with Beck that Proposition 8 was not about repealing the right of gays and lesbians to marry (they have civil unions!), but about protecting children and churches. “Dr. Dobson,” Beck asked, “am I going too far in saying that this [defeat of Prop 8] could make churches into hate groups?” “There's no question about it,” Dobson replied.

Jim Quinn's, host of Clear Channel's The War Room With Quinn & Rose, November 6 comments about gays triggered a GLAAD Call to Action. “[G]ay marriage doesn't produce anything that the state has an interest in,” he told listeners. “Gay sex produces AIDS, which the state doesn't have – or should have an interest in. They should charge homosexuals more for their health insurance than they charge for the rest of us.”

The only politician to make the list is Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern (Republican). Her March speech vilifying gays made headlines when the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund posted her rantings on YouTube. The preacher's wife turned politician stood defiantly in support of her views that the gay community is “the death knell in the country” and “the biggest threat that our nation has, even more so than terrorism,” and somehow managed to win re-election.

And Rev. Rick Warren, the man at the center of controversy for being picked by President-elect Barack Obama to give the nation's prayer at his inauguration, is most likely the best-known gay defamer on the list.

“Rick Warren has a history of using the media as a platform to spread divisive anti-gay rhetoric,” GLAAD said. “Warren spread inaccuracies about Proposition 8, saying that it would 'prevent him from getting up on the pulpit and speaking out against same-sex marriage' on Dateline. He also participated in a video interview with The Wall Street Journal on December 18 where he said that marriage for gay and lesbian couples was the equivalent to 'having a brother and sister be together', 'an older guy marrying a child' and 'one guy having multiple wives'.”

On the Net: GLAAD is at www.glaad.org