Hey dude – Don’t scare the horses!

by on March 15, 2010  •  In Uncategorized

From Politico:

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses.

Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: "You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage – now get this – it defined marriage as simply, 'the establishment of intimacy.'"

"Now how dangerous is that?" asked Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain from the right in Arizona's GOP Senate primary.

"I mean, I don't mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point," he continued. "I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."

The former Republican congressman then insisted that the "only way" to prevent men from marrying horses is to create a federal marriage amendment. Hayworth noted that he supports such an amendment.

In fact, the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on gay marriage defined marriage as "the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others."


One Response to Hey dude – Don’t scare the horses!

  1. Rachel Wrightson March 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Not sure which is more upsetting — Hayworth’s horse analogy, or his perversion of the Massachusetts opinion as an attempted foundation for it.

    Rachel Maddow interviewed Hayworth last night and pointed out the absence of textual support, but did not (in my opinion) go far enough in her rebuttal.

    Thanks for the blog, by the way — a consistently reliable source, of course.

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