(Image description: photo of the bust of Rush Limbaugh; the text reads, ' "WE'VE ARRIVED AT A POINT WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS COMING TO LEAD A WAR ON TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE" RUSH LIMBAUGH SAID ON HIS [TV] SHOW WEDNESDAY. [NEW LINE] HIS FIRST, SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH WIVES COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.' - their capitalisation.)
The reference is in respect to President Obama coming out in favour of gay marriage equality (BBC news) yesterday, i.e. Wednesday.
So then, to what is Limbaugh referring? Would that be the chauvinistic Biblical marriage choices of one husband, one wife (monogamy) or one husband several wives (polygamy) or one husband plus one or more wives with the addition of concubines? Not sure the Bible sets a good example in respect to fundamentalist perspectives on wedlock, assuming this plonker is making reference to the Bible when he says "traditional".
Alternatively, he may just mean traditional, as in the kinds of marriage in which the Church has been involved. Well, matrimony was not regulated by canon until C11th. And, for a brief overview of same-sex rituals from C8th - C18th, see my blog article Gay Marriage.
Can any responsible person fronting a television programme really be that stupid, naïf, illogical; or is he simply being mendacious to some Machiavellian end?