March 15th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="J.D. Hayworth gave an interview Sunday to Florida radio station WORL, where he made comments about same-sex marriage."]Washington (CNN) - The man who wants to oust Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is so worried about states allowing same-sex marriage, he fears it'll lead to bestiality.

At least that is what former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Arizona, intimated Sunday in an interview with Orlando, Florida radio station WORL when discussing the decision in Massachusetts to recognize gay marriage.

"You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage," Hayworth said. "Now get this, it defined marriage as simply, quote, 'the establishment of intimacy.' Now how dangerous is that?"

Hayworth continued, "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. I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."

Hayworth said the only way to keep marriage between a man and a woman is with a federal marriage amendment – which he supports.  CNN has contacted Hayworth's campaign for further comment on the former congressman's remarks.

Hayworth is challenging McCain in Arizona's upcoming Republican primary. His Web site bills him as "the consistent conservative." Hayworth often criticizes McCain as not being consistently conservative.

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  1. Robin in SC

    Leave it to a right winger to come up with beastiality from same-sex marriage...maybe he's got a secret.

    March 15, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Jerri

    I'm pretty sure the "opens doors to bestiality" tagline came straight from the reporter's imagination, not Mr. Hayworth. His reference was to the absurdity of the "establishment of intimacy" language. Marrying a horse is absurd. The title of this article is offensive to anyone who can read. I sure hope Shannon Travis is not hoping for a serious job in journalism.

    March 15, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Dean

    only JD Hayworthless would think of such things. Bet bestiality is right at the top of his fantasy list. Arizona livestock had better watch out JD is after you.

    March 15, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    OH – never mind – he was talking about horses. McCain is rather a horse's rear end, so maybe he has a point.

    March 15, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Donna

    His reasoning is so absurb that I cannot even intellectually comment on it. I hope Arizonians do not validate him with their votes.

    March 15, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Linda-Omaha

    Wow-Just Wow. I guess the hot, dry air in the desert in Arizona must really dry up brain cells. He went straight from absurd to insane in one giant leap. I was so-o-o-o hoping someone would show McCain's butt the door, but I don't think it will be this nutcase. My Mom always said to try to say something nice or reconsider-I wonder, did he really think he was saying something nice?????

    March 15, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    This lunacy is brought to you by the Republican Party please remember that and be sure to vote.

    March 15, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. matt

    We really should arrest Hayworth's wife. From these comments, its quite clear that she married a horse's ass, rather than a man.

    March 15, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Jim in San Mateo

    This man is the human image of absurdity.

    Notice that save sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for over five years and the sky hasn't fallen, the state hasn't fallen into the ocean, lightening hasn't struck, and all the horrible things that idiots like him have said were going to happen, haven't happened.

    What has happened is that a wider collection of families have been recognized and protected by the state whose duty it is to recognize and protection those families. Children are healthier and adults have less to worry about or risk if they become incapacitated because now their partners can legally make decisions.

    In short, everyone is happier and more protected. What's wrong with that?

    March 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Go for it AZ. Prove to us what regressive bigots you really are by voting for this undereducated demogogue clown.

    Typical ultra-conservative neotard trying to rag on MA. Truth is, MA is the reason we have a country and the only reason some states stopped following its lead is because MA helped take away their slaves haha

    March 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. mocha

    sounds like the dude is worried about his own fantasies

    March 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    Wow....a million dollar campagin built on just a few words and no dollar investment....good move....

    But come on"' beastiality? I agree we need to set a boundary of a definition of marriage, and that Mass. left the door open to mean so much more than intended....but this is streching it a bit, don't you think?

    CNN leaves me wondering is Esquire is your real competition.

    March 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. JM

    Ask Rick Santorum how well comparing gay marriage to beastiality works out in a general election.

    March 15, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. TimInNC

    Why is it the RW nut-jobs always jump from two adults of legal age getting married straight to pedophila and beastiality? What kind of breeding program do y'all have going on overe tehre in RW-land?

    March 15, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. braz

    what an idiot, when will you americans wake up and smell the coffee .....

    March 15, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Jeff

    I would think that Hayworth would see this as positive. Seeing as how he is a horse's butt, he can marry himself.

    March 15, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    People like this are a danger to our Democracy . . . and our country!

    March 15, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. gracster

    What an idiot–which probably means he will get elected.

    March 15, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. ww

    I thought they were fighting against government takeover of our lives? Typical republican only when it suits them. This is a joke!

    March 15, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. big gov

    hey, lets tax divorces. gay or straight. hell, tax divorces from beastiality then too.

    make it harder for christians to divorce. maybe they will then make it easier for gays to get married.

    March 15, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    What a maroon.

    March 15, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. A. Smith, Oregon

    Hayworth sounds like he needs a mental health evaluation. Republican's routinely use the FEAR CARD to frighten and scare the voters into supporting them and their campaign, but this charge of bestiality seems entirely over the top. If I were in the audience I would be shouting to Hayworth to demonstrate what he means by 'bestiality'.

    March 15, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Courtney

    While I am not at all fond of John McCain, particularly in his current incarnation, Hayworth is an idiot! This ridiculous rationalisation for being against gay marriage needs to condemed. Hayworth makes Americans look ignorant and undereducated.

    March 15, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Steve, New York City

    Hayworth's apparent I.Q. suggests that he might have some "horse" in his family tree.

    March 15, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Marc


    Either this thinks that Arizona voters are delusional enough to buy this paranoid trash or he DOES believe in it.
    Besides, that very same line of logic was used to defend the Jim Crow laws. Specially in the prohibition of inter-racial wedding that existed in the South.

    March 15, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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