From the August 11 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
O'REILLY: But let's take the gay marriage deal. Big ruling in California. You really didn't cover that much, right?
BECK: Because honestly I think we have bigger fish to fry. You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever --
BECK: -- all you want.
BECK: The country is burning down. I personally think these--
O'REILLY: But isn't that one of the reasons because we are getting away from the traditional way we used to live into this progressive--
BECK: So let's get back to -- instead of arguing about these divisive things, let's get back into our churches and our synagogues and--
O'REILLY: You're not going to get people going back unless there is a reason to go back.
BECK: But here is the reason, America. Your country is burning down. I don't think marriage, that the government actually has anything to do with -
O'REILLY: But they do have.
BECK: --what is a religious right.
O'REILLY: I know, but they do have something to do, because gay marriage is going to be a reality in this country in 10 years.
BECK: Why do they have anything to do with it?
O'REILLY: Because they choose to, and you're not going to stop 'em.
BECK: This is where we disagree.
O'REILLY: The Supreme Court may rule against gay marriage, very possible it would be a 5-4.
BECK: You're willing to continue to go down the road of just accepting well that's the way it is.
O'REILLY: I'm not accepting anything. I wrote a book about it! Don't give me this "accepting." Come on.
BECK: He's so hostile.
BECK: Need a little Jesus?
O'REILLY: I have to correct you. I do. You are ignoring the profound change in the American family. In the way --
BECK: No, I'm not. No I'm not.
O'REILLY: But you are not covering it?
BECK: Because I think that the thing that needs to be covered -- Bill, I believe in a symphony. If we are all playing clarinets we ain't gonna get very far. A symphony needs to sound. I'm covering what I cover. You cover what you cover. Both of us are saying the same thing. Watch the culture.
O'REILLY: Do you believe -- do you believe that gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?
BECK: A threat to the country?
O'REILLY: Yeah, it going to harm the country?
BECK: No, I don't. Will the gays come and get us?
O'REILLY: OK. Is it going to harm the country in any way?
BECK: I believe -- I believe what Thomas Jefferson said. If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?
O'REILLY: OK, so you don't. That's interesting. Because I don't think a lot of people understand that about you.
BECK: As long as we -- as long as we are not going down the road of Canada, where it now is a problem for churches to have free speech. If they can still say, hey, we --
O'REILLY: Oppose it --
BECK: -- we oppose it --
BECK: -- but we're not trying to kill anybody or trying to --
O'REILLY: In Sweden they have that too. OK, so gay marriage to you, not a big a threat to the nation.