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. rita

    When your educational acumen limits your academic debate on this subject, you will always go back to the Republican bestiality freak show that you can articulate the best. Republicans conveniently leave out the two little words – "consenting adults" when discussing gay civil rights. Of course, they don't usually use the word gay because they think the word homosexual sounds more intolerable and that more people will be turned away by the homo part. The word gay seems to inoculate the condition of loving the same sex. This is the man who will represent his party well. His party has been unbelievable successful at screaming FIRE when anyone else in America comes knocking on Congressional doors asking for civil rights extensions to their families. We have a terrible history of offering civil rights to all men and women who live in a country where all men and women are supposed to have inalienable rights, civil rights and human rights. We have fought wars over it and some of us seem more than happy to take up arms against those of us who are seeking redress from our government. Others will accuse us of bestiality when we bring our grievances to the steps of government. I feel for gay teenagers who are growing up gay today. I only wish they had more intellectuals representing them in Congress and fewer Neanderthals.

    March 15, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. scott

    Ahhhh god bless the crazies

    March 15, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Don

    Yea and most people who engage in beastiality drank milk when they were young. Did that lead to it? You sir, are and idiot.
    Hammond LA.

    March 15, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Ben in Texas

    One is tempted to speculate that Hayworth's mother once fell in love with a gorilla. At least, that's what his picture suggests.

    Be that as it may, his argument against gay marriage reminds me of the old anti-marijuana diatribes, embodied in the memorable line, "Ban apples! They lead to bananas!" The technical term for this kind of argument is non sequitur. The technical term for J.D. Hayworth is non compos mentis.

    March 15, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Kyle

    If he married a horse, it would be a match made in heaven.

    March 15, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Shane

    Why are republicans so in love with having sex with animals? This is all they talk about when discussing marriage! Are Mr & Mrs Hayworth trying something new with the family pet to stir up a little bit more fun in the boudoire?!? thinks he doth protest too much!

    March 15, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Crazy Cat Lady

    Wow, why the fixation with bestiality among these opponents? Are they maybe projecting their own sick fantasies onto the debate? After all, look how many fervently anti-gay crusaders among the politicians and preachers have been shown to be closet homosexuals themselves.

    March 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. afp

    This from a person representing people who want less government and less oversight on our person... yet he wants the government to dictate our lives. He doesn't want the government to "dictate" health care but it's okay to dictate marriage? Same-sex marriage is not the destruction of the institution of marriage ... spousal abuse, cheating, neglect and divorce are things that destroy marriage. And going from same-sex marriage to bestiality... wow, where did that come from! If John McCain loses to this consistent nut job, then the people of Arizona need a serious reality check. WOW!!

    March 15, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Guest

    I am a resident of Mass., and while I supported the gay marriage initiative a few years ago, I know many who did not. What I've found is that many of those people have realized how little this new law has actually affected their own lives – nothing has changed for them. All the law did was give the same rights to our gay friends and family members that we've enjoyed and provided a little boost to the economy as more weddings have taken place. Nothing more – the sky hasn't fallen and our morality hasn't changed. Trying to draw comparisons of this law to allowing beastiality is fear mongering and hate speech, plain and simple. I'm sick and tired of these mindless soundbites and ill-informed politicians spouting off about a topic that is sensitive and complicated and deserves more thoughtful discussion than this fool can offer.

    March 15, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Ethan

    Send this fool back to the gutter where he belongs.

    March 15, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    Wow, what an ignorant individual this is. This is the reason that there is so much hate in this country. Ignorant people saying ignorant things. How can you even equate Homosexuality to Beastiality... what a foolish and uneducated view this man has... If I were in Arizona, no matter how bad you want McCain gone, I wouldn't vote for this idiot...

    March 15, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Colin Brown

    Many of us believe that Republican senators are, in fact, the products of union between humans and beasts.

    March 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Mike

    Interesting how you bring up horses...because you're a horse's ass. There now we both have made ridiculous and childish comments today.

    March 15, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. JDD

    I don't know much about Hayworth, but on the surface it looks like CNN has twisted his words with the headline.

    Haywoth himeslf states that he's uning an absurd argument – his words – but CNN creates from it a position statement.

    Or course, taken a logical argument – the case he discusses is entirely consistent. Can anyone explain why not – taking as your starting point the Massachusetts Supreme Court's new "definition" of marriage?

    March 15, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Grundoon

    Hayworth and those that think like him are beyond ignorant.

    March 15, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Nancy

    This guy is crazy

    March 15, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Norm

    Ahhh! Marry your horse?? Maybe in Arizona where the wild wild west is still alive and well. This guy's flattop haircut has finally let too much sun into his brain pan. Stupid is the word that first comes to mind, then ignorant, then moron and the list goes on.

    March 15, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Moderate

    Odd, I wouldn't have connected the two? I guess he knows a little bit about this. Scarry. Each Republican, blood stained banner carrying, contract with America type has been caught in exactly what they tell you they are fighting against. Newty and his affair while trying to get Bill Clinton impeached for basically the same thing (lieing included), Folley, Bitter, Ensign..........

    The one usually yelling the loudest is the one covering up their own secrets.

    March 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. John

    No Mr. Hayworth, animals do not have the ability to confirm that they have chosen a certain human as their mate. This is because animals do not speak English and cannot verify whether or not they choose to get married. Homosexuals, on the other hand, can verify that they want to marry someone. With people like this, no wonder the Republicans are so lost.

    March 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Elaine

    Republican think tank: When the subject of health care comes up, lets change the subject to death panels. When the subject of gays come up, lets change it to bestiality. When the subject of Wall Street regulations come up, let's change it to communism. Arizona: Please help us keep Republicans out of government for a few decades. At least until we can fix what they have broken or ignored.

    March 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. jeff jackson, alabama

    Well heck !!!!
    It already leads to sodomy .
    It can get worse ????

    March 15, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Daniel

    As goofy as it is, he has a point.

    March 15, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    Marriage is just a word. Its meaning is only as good as those that hold it dearly or not so dearly and not at all. Interspecies marriage is a laod of hogwash and will never happen and, if anything, will have support from gays and straights alike to ban interspecies marriages. Duh! This guy's boogeyman is nothing more than a straw man.

    March 15, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Agathe

    I couldn't believe at this day and age this kind of ignoramus still exists. Maybe he is speaking of himself. Lately we saw alot of incidents of rabidly anti gay public figures who got caught in a compromising situation 'fessed up being gay. You never know.
    Well wait and see Mr. Holier than thou, Bible thumping will one day reveal himself as fallible as any of us humans or maybe worst.(Remember Ted Haggard to mention one)

    March 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. forty

    I guess we know what this guy has been fantasizing about! Who could come up with that, if they had never thought of it! What a freak.

    March 15, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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