Asked Sunday about his position on marriage, Hayworth offered the following statement:
"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, 'the establishment of intimacy.'"
"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."
My Open Letter to J. D. Hayworth:
Mr. Hayworth, there are many of us who have common sense and understand the point you were making with regards to the sanctity of marriage. However, there are some who do not understand your statement, and obviously there are those who wish to instigate negative discussion by taking your words and twisting them into a debate over political correctness.
Mr. Hayworth, you promote yourself as is a "Consistent Conservative." However, right now between this comment and your troubles with previous statements you've made regarding the "birther" issue, the only thing consistent about you is going to be your need to backtrack and explain your own statements. In this regard you are taking one step forward to take two steps back, and you are risking valuable time and good will every time you become mired in such rhetorical discourse.
Mr. Hayworth, we need you to be the person that I know you are - the common sense Conservative who truly is in touch with Arizona's Conservative voters, as well as the needs of a state that has been decimated by nearly ten years of a liberal-democrat disgrace of a governor in Janet Napolitiano, and the "Progressive-Lite" representation of John McCain. Given your previous experience as a member of The House of Representatives, we need you to be a leader in the Freshman class in the 112th Congress.
Mr. Hayworth, please - I know you have a very sarcastic and somewhat flamboyant personality, but you must moderate the tone of your rhetoric. I am not asking you to be politically correct; I am asking you to consider the higher purpose to which you are being called. Senator McCain must be defeated this term, and you are by far Arizona's best chance to provide true Conservative representation alongside Jon Kyl.
Please, Mr. Hayworth, for the sake of Arizona and for the sake of America, speak clearly and concisely to this issues at hand, monitor your words, and think about the voters in Arizona who truly believe that you are the right man for the job. Remember how disappointed we will all be if you are not able to win an election that clearly should be yours based on the values, issues, and principles that you clearly represent in the best interest of the Great State of Arizona.
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