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If the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriages across America, then churches could be forced to perform homosexual weddings, even if they oppose the idea on religious grounds.

That’s according to radio host Rush Limbaugh, who thinks there’s a good chance of it happening.

“The Catholic Church can be forced to give away abortifacients and birth-control pills. Why can’t the Church be forced to marry gay couples who want the sacrament? Any church,” Limbaugh said on his top-rated program Wednesday afternoon.

“I think it’s a pretty safe bet that that kind of thing will happen. Among militant leftists, attacking organized religion is part of the political agenda, whether gay or not.”

Limbaugh continued: “If you had to roll the dice on it, you say, ‘Yeah that’ll be the next phase.’ When it becomes legal and a church refuses to do it, don’t go some place that will, sue the people that won’t. That’s just a political philosophy of people on the left.”

“You know, organized religion is morality,” he added. “Organized religion is definite black and white, there are no gray areas, other than churches who have decided to replicate the Republican Party and try to be all things to all people.

“But some churches do not change to match the whims of a floating culture, and those churches are under assault, and will continue to be, independent of gay marriage.”

The issue of homosexual marriage was also discussed Tuesday night on the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” which Limbaugh jokingly called “Ted Baxter’s Show, ” a reference to the buffoonish news character played by actor Ted Knight on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Anchor Bill O’Reilly said during the program, “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That’s where the compelling argument is. ‘We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That is a compelling argument, and to deny that, you gotta have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

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