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. wow47

    Here we go again with the fear mongering...he must be down in the polls! And if he isn't in the closet why is he so worried about what other adults are doing in their bedrooms....

    Marriage is a business arrangement....get a divorce and you will find out real fast! If people want a "legal" union then that is fine and up to the people involved. Being gay is not contagious!

    March 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Foz-man

    As a typical right wing zealot lashes out against something as being evil. You can make an odds-on bet that he has some of whatever he is protesting in his past! Just sayin'. I bet there is some bestiality urges in the recesses of this guys warped mind.

    March 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. steven harnack

    Just as soon as you can figure out how to make a horse say I do and sign the necessary paperwork. Does this type of idiocy ever make people nod their heads and say yes, I can see that happening? If so, those people might be in danger of marrying a horse by mistake!

    March 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. sam

    Wait, this headline is misleading. While I dont agree with this guy's viewpoint, CNN is misleading in this article's headline. He clearly states he is trying to be absurd in his example. But CNN makes it seem like he is making a valid point. Is that to try and discredit any point this man makes before someone reads the article to form their own opinion?

    March 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. misanthropicus

    And right is he. The correct process we should have in mind when we discuss this homosexual matter, is "corrosion" – a bit here, a bit there, a chip here, a dent there, this peels off, then this will do so soon –
    And so a nation, a society is slowly (and actually not that slowl) reduced to its barest minimals as "enligthtenment", "open mindedness" and "lack of bigotry" are inflicted upon a paralyzied collective psyche by cynical politicians whose efforts aim at fitting square pegs in hexagonal holes, and by courts of law who delve and ratiocinate in absurdititie that would made al alchemist envious –
    Hayworth's frankness should be praised – but I know that only scorn is his from the MSM –
    Liberals & dems, see you this November – considering the fiasco that the coffe party is, we'll have quite session –
    And CNN will not publish this –

    March 15, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Dem of AZ

    this is a dude that lost an election and now he wants to go for senate. This dude is a wacko.

    March 15, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. lulu

    This guy sounds pretty kinky for a Republican. I'm kind of hoping he doesn't have pets. Or livestock...

    March 15, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. carol

    Speaking of absurd.
    This guy just plain 'ol has a "dirty mind"
    He is so insecure about his own manhood he has to make everything about marriage or sex dirty.

    March 15, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Bill

    I do hereby grant Hayworth the right to marry his horse.

    But only if he promises to ride that horse off the edge of the flat earth he undoubtedly lives on.

    Jeez, America...

    This is the best of your best???

    No wonder the U.S. continues to become the joke that it is quickly becoming to the rest of the world. Buffoonery seems to be the career of the day.

    I have no doubt Americans will elect this 'man' just as soon as they possibly can.

    He represents all that you stand for, apparently.

    March 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Jilli

    Please tell me Arizonians aren't stupid enough to vote for this clown.

    March 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. steven harnack

    Also, do you think that someone who wants to have sex with an animal is going to worry about a marriage license?

    March 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Jean

    That is just ridiculous same sex marriage is between two consenting adults, a horse cannot consent. His comment is made to inflame not educate

    March 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. mk

    WOW. OMG. Is he serious?????? I would prefer to just think of him as a NUTCASE. Guess McCain's seat is safe after all.

    March 15, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Crazy Harry

    And this is someone we want representing the people of Arizona?

    What a neanderthal.

    March 15, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. DAW, NC

    wow this guy is out there with some strange thought process. Fear and nonsensical thoughts seem to be the republican norm right now.

    March 15, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. please

    First Mr. Hayward, your conclusion is idiotic. Second, if a person chooses to sleep with an animal, how does that affect you? Get a life. Start worrying about feeding people, getting people jobs and medical care, get out of their bedrooms you fool.

    I thought conservatives want less government not more? What gives.

    March 15, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a MORON....

    A FOOL usually knows when to shut his stupid mouth...


    March 15, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Tim

    Well Duh. And remember, animals now have their own attorneys, and it won't be long before some patriotic ACLU dues paying attorney volunteers his valuable time to represent one of these animals who's got a thing for one of these liberal fellas.

    I have to love Hayworth, he's completely bought into the right-wing rhetoric. But if you substitute poligamy for bestiality, you has a very valid point. But no one will want to discuss that. Bestiality is a Euphemism, just like death panels. Let's see if it is as effective.

    What did the sheep say to the farmer? Hi daaaaaaadd!

    March 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    J.D. Hayworth is making the most deplorable and outrageous accusations I've ever heard from any human being campaigning for office. It is ignorant and deceptive in the face of human rights for our gay and lesbian community. If I were gay or lesbian I'd sue the pants off him. You don't have to agree with gay marriages but it is wrong to assume and insult any person in this manner.

    March 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Pete

    So the "keep out of my life, government" wing of the GOP is advocating that the Federal Government amend the Constitution in order to discrimminate against gay people?

    March 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. James

    Wow. I never thought about the dangers of man-horse marriage, but now that Hayworth brought it up...I'm scared. Thank God we have someone of his stature who has the foresight to identify bestiality and the courage to speak out against it before it even happens.

    We need to act quickly, for I'm sure at this very moment there are hundreds if not millions of otherwise decent folk in Massachusetts considering their horses in a new, disturbing light as a result of the state Supreme Court's actions.

    March 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Roadrage

    Mr. Hayworth: Perhaps you're not aware.. but to be legally married, you have to sign a legal document.

    Please, show me video of a horse that can sign his name to a legal document.


    PS: You're a total idiot.

    March 15, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Bear

    WOW.. What an idiot, it’s 2010 not 1910.

    March 15, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Lynus

    Ugh! and you wonder why the homosexual population thinks you homophobes are retarded. While we are at it lets argue that interracial marriage did the same thing. "If god wanted the races to mix, he wouldn't have put us on different continents"

    Freaking sad and stupid. With comments like this its no wonder the rest of the world thinks we are boobs...

    Sad... Just sad.

    March 15, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. kmp

    Oh puleeeeaaaze, yes I can spell but felt it was appropriate. Hayworth it is because of people like you and your intolerance that this country is in the shape it is today. Beastiality good gawd get a grip, you sir need to come to terms with your fears and realize that allowing people the same rights that you enjoy will not lead this country down the drain, unfortunately you and your republican friends have had no problem doing that all by yourselves.

    March 15, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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