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

Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/15/art.hayworth.file.gi.jpg 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. Katie B in NC

    What a wacko! Do conservatives have some sort of contest going on to see who can come up with the most outrageous statement? Who in their right mind takes these people seriously? I certainly don't.

    March 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Henry

    How anyone could possibly vote for this man? He is a fanatic and a lunatic and obviously not very well informed.

    March 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Matt T

    A statement such as "conservatism leads to fascism" makes about as much sense.

    March 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Carl

    Really? Wow.. just wow. There is a huge difference between equal rights for all humans and comparing gays to bestiality. This is one of the more ignorant and hurtful statements I've heard thus far about gays and gay marriage. This is an equal rights issue about providing gays with all the rights and opportunities that us (lucky) heterosexuals have, nothing more.

    I don't know where your head is at but God help you if you have any gay friends or relatives. I don't think you'll be getting another birthday card EVER.

    March 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Danny J

    I don't know about beastiality, but maybe polygamy. If three consenting adult human beings want to engage in a consensual relationship, why shouldn't they, its more common than homosexuality in human history, more people practice it world wide currently, and it's 100% totally natural. Every argument used to support gay marriage is even stronger in the argument for polygamy.

    There has to be a point where we need to define and distinguish things. I personally think that marriage should be a religious right protected by Church and State separation. So if there is a Church that wants to support gay marriage, all the power to them. In human history, the precedent is that a traditional marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. So the government should honor that. Even President Obama agrees on that.

    March 15, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    This is one of the most disgusting arguments homophobes make in their case against gay marriage. Guessing your wife is all for it JD, as it's obvious that she married a PIG.

    March 15, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. bruce guido

    Surely there are a lot of animals out there who would enjoy having sex with a human. Hayworth has a brilliant idea: it's time to take the taint off bestiality by legalizing it.

    March 15, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Mary Kay

    Oh, my lordy day. Did this man just say what he said? We are talking about two human being caring for each other. What in wrong with that?

    March 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. db

    My initial reaction is "too much projection on Hayworth's part.

    March 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Susan L.

    Ha! What a loon! So Mr. Hayworth thinks A LOT about having sex with animals apparently. Reminiscing from his days on the farm and his old girlfriend, Flossy the Sheep? Or maybe Bessie the Cow? What an idiot. Yes, ever since Massachusetts legalized gay marriage all sorts of things are going wrong. I pity the rubes and fools who buy into this sick, perverted man's fantasies.

    March 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. TW in Nawlins

    Oh yeah, Arizona. You really need to vote this guy in. The hilarity of it would be awesome.

    March 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Republicans are one sick group of morons. If what Hayworth says is truth, there must be a lot of farm animals being kept by Republicans in Washington. There are more GAY Republicans in Congress than among any other group.

    HBO did an excellent documentary last year about the hypocrisy of views on gay rights by members of Congress. Many are gay and the Republican Party has the most "in the closet" gay men of all.

    March 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. DCTWMT

    Now that's real logic for you. The man's twisted. WOOF!

    March 15, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Serge, Staten Island

    Comparing what 2 consenting adults do with what mentally ill people that sexually desire animals is somewhat of a massive stretch. The hysterical and sad part is that this person is a politician??? This isn't a republican or democratic thing, this is just stupidity...

    March 15, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Stoopid is as stoopid does

    This guy is a doosch.
    Since he is a horses backside, perhaps he "should" marry his horse.

    March 15, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Jdizzle

    Let the ridiculous and the far fetched commentary from the right begin...

    March 15, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Carmen, Miami FL

    If he's so "afraid" of bestiality being legalized with the legalization of gay marriage, then he should focus on getting the correct the wording within the laws. It's very simple if you're not a baffoon. Slippery slope arguments (which is where I think he meant to go) are lazy and dishonest in this case. This just goes to show how stupid and small-minded some people can be.

    March 15, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Jane Sullivan

    How is this neanderthal allowed in public, let alone running for public office? I don't know which is harder to understand – the evil or the stupidity.

    March 15, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Trey

    How does two men or two women even come close to bestiality? That's not even in the same realm. This guy is not right in the head.

    March 15, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Minnesota gal

    The more you post articles about statements from republicans the more we see how stupid they are. And the more we wonder how in Hades could any body, even a republican, vote for this person. No wonder the country is in a mess if these are the type of people who come to the top.

    March 15, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. dave

    oh, good...ho-hum...another Republican moron is loose

    March 15, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. anonymous

    You should be ashamed of your title as it is very misleading. It is clear you have a negative opinion regarding former Rep Hayworth. I would expect CNN to employ better journalists...

    March 15, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Fooled Again

    I'd pick Hayworth over McCain anyday. Atleast he's not talking about bombing every other country........

    March 15, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Ed Williams

    A horse a horse, my kingdom for a horse! Maychance, Mr. Hayworth may be doing a bit of wish-full thinking. Hmmmmm........
    We are seeing more than a modicum of horsing around these days. "...I guess you could marry your horse." Indeed. (If his horse would have him....)

    March 15, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Zenichi-maro

    Wow. The new levels of ignorance that the Republican party is willing to plumb seem endless. Not only is this a tired old trope, there's absolutely no basis for it except to whip up a bunch of already hysterical right wingers.

    I'm sure there were similar arguments when states, rightly, allowed interacial couples to marry. There's always one dinosaur, however, who's really happy in the tarpit!

    ZNM

    March 15, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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