MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell suggested conservative celebrity Glenn Beck and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan are gay on Tuesday night's episode of The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.

During the show's opening montage, Beck and Ryan are heard exchanging I love yous over images of a marriage ceremony. “The Republican budget plan softens Glenn Beck's feelings about gay marriage,” O'Donnell says before the two men exchanged their sentiments.

“To some, O'Donnell's crack may seem like nothing more than a juvenile schoolyard insult, which is likely how he intended it, but what he's doing there is using the implication that Ryan and Beck are gay as an insult,” Tommy Christopher wrote in an op-ed published on

“It's bad enough when anyone engages in this behavior, but when it's a liberal, their status as supposed allies to this community makes the offense that much worse, and the betrayal that much more acute.”

“O'Donnell should apologize,” Christopher added.

Beck, who rankled social conservatives last year when he said that he was OK with gay marriage, denied in January that his new book The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life is a “gay parenting handbook.”