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During his current primary challenge of Sen. John McCain, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has been saying some outlandish things. First, he seemed to embrace Birtherism; now he’s trying to outdo former Sen. Rick Santorum.
“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, quote, ‘the establishment of intimacy,’” Hayworth said during a radio interview this past weekend.
“Now how dangerous is that? 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. It’s just the wrong way to go, and the only way to protect the institution of marriage is with that federal marriage amendment that I support.”
It’s hard to pick out the most ridiculous thing about this, but if I had to do it, it would be this: The Massachusetts Supreme Court did not define marriage as “the establishment of intimacy.” (In fact, a search of the court’s decision didn’t turn up a single use of that phrase.) What it did, several times, was emphasize that marriage is a union of two willing partners — and since, legally, animals can’t give their consent, a union between a man and a horse could never fall under that definition.
Audio of Hayworth is below, with a hat-tip to Below the Beltway.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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