Over the weekend, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who's running against John McCain in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, resurrected a preposterous old saw. Lamenting the Massachusetts Supreme Court's move to define marriage as merely "the establishment of intimacy," he said, "I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."
Another day, another idiot worries that gay marriage — the union between two adult, consenting humans — will lead to bestiality. No longer just fodder for crazies, the idea that men and women will betroth their pets if we allow gay marriage has been bandied about so often now, it's officially become tired.
That something like human-pet paranoia is so mainstreamed blows my mind. But for years, crusty old men have been fretting nervously that allowing gays to marry will mean that you can then exchange vows with Mr. Ed.
The Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have long linked gay marriage to bestiality, as well as to incest and polygamy.
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