Right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh threw up the white flag on Thursday, conceding that no matter how the Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8 or the Defense of Marriage Act, both of which it considered this week, gay marriage "is now inevitable."
"This issue is lost," he proclaimed. "I don't care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable. It's inevitable because we lost the language on this."
Limbaugh argued that once Republicans allowed the message to shift from "marriage" to various "forms" of marriage, gay marriage began cruising along on a self-sustaining path to legality.
"I maintain to you that we lost the issue when we started allowing the word marriage to be basterdized and redefined by simply adding words to it. Because marriage is one thing. It wasn't established on the basis of discrimination, it wasn't established on the basis of denying anything," he explained.
"We allowed the left to have people believe that it was structured that way," he said. "As far as I'm concerned once we started talking about gay marriage, traditional marriage, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, hetero-marriage, it was over. It was just a matter of time. Once you decide to modify the word 'marriage' then the other side has won. Or at least they're 90 percent of the way home."