The Truth-O-Meter Says:
"The Massachusetts Supreme Court...defined marriage as simply, quote, the establishment of intimacy ... I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."
J.D. Hayworth on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 in a radio interview
My favorite part comes at the end, when we learn how Rachel Maddow bitch-slapped Hayworth with facts:
We might have chalked this one up to a one-time misstatement, a bit of hyperbole on the long campaign trail, and simply rated it False. But then Hayworth went on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on March 15, 2010, and doubled down.
Here's how that went:
Maddow: "Where does the establishment of intimacy thing come from? Where in Massachusetts law or in the Supreme Court ruling does it say the establishment of intimacy?"
Maddow said she had spent the afternoon looking for it, but couldn't find it anywhere.
Hayworth: "As we went back and reviewed that document back when the argument was made, the high court in Massachusetts defined marriage in a rather amorphous fashion, simply as quote, the establishment of intimacy. Now I think we all agree there's much more to marriage than that."
Maddow: "Sir, I'm sorry, it didn't."
Hayworth: "Ok, you and I have a disagreement."
Maddow then cited several uses of the word "intimacy" in the Supreme Court ruling.
Maddow: "The establishment of intimacy as the definition of marriage, it's just not there, let alone the horse thing. What you said about the establishment of intimacy being the definition of marriage in Massachusetts, I don't think it's true, sir."
Hayworth: "Well, that's fine. You and I can have a disagreement about that."
Maddow: "Well, it either is true or it isn't, it’s empirical."
Hayworth: "I appreciate the fact that we have a disagreement on that."
We're with Maddow here. This isn't a matter of legal interpretation. The Massachusetts Supreme Court did not define marriage "simply as quote, the establishment of intimacy." And when Hayworth inserts the word "quote," the expectation is that he's directly quoting the phrase "establishment of intimacy" from the ruling. He's not. The ruling doesn't contain that phrase.
Hayworth prefaced his statement by saying he was making an absurd point. We'll give him that. It's absurd, all right. It's also wrong. We give this one a, quote, Pants on Fire!
I try to ignore the stupidity of people like Hayworth, but sometimes, I need to point to it and call it out.