On Thursday's edition of Countdown
(now on Current TV), Keith Olbermann rejected the arguments of gay
The 52-year-old political commentator
declared that gay marriage is inevitable the day before New York
became the sixth and largest state to approve the institution.
“Every year the margin by which this
country supports this grows,” Olbermann told his audience. “And
within a decade, or perhaps less, it will be universal in this
Olbermann also suggested that organized
religion is threatened by marriage equality because it diminishes
irrational fears of gay people.
“Their church is opposed to same-sex
marriage because same-sex marriage means diversity, and diversity
means peaceful interactions between members of different groups and
religions, and peaceful interactions means fears and prejudices are
diminished, and the diminishing means those churches' cartel in the
religion business is jeopardized.”
Citing one Albany protester's argument
that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry harms their children,
Olbermann said opponents are getting desperate.
“If you want to open up the Pandora’s
box of judging whether people should be permitted to marry based on
their qualifications to be parents, I'm afraid there are only going
to be about 43 weddings per year in this country. Because the list
of risks to children created by their parents is nightmarishly long
and standing there being all gay around them is probably no higher
than number 206,” Olbermann said.
Janeane Garofalo tells Keith Olbermann that the gay marriage debate