Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hayworth Challenge Made Official

You may recall that on Episode 95 of "The Amateur Scientist Podcast," I challenged former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth to travel to Boston, Massachusetts and marry a horse on my dime. This release has been sent to the media today:

During a March 14, 2010 appearance on Orlando, Florida's WORL radio station, former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth claimed that the wording of Massachusetts' state law allowing gay marriage is vague enough that it would also allow for a person to marry a horse. On the March 27, 2010 edition of the internet radio show "The Amateur Scientist Podcast," host and producer Brian Thompson formerly offered Hayworth $1,500 to travel to Massachusetts for the purpose of proving this claim by legally marrying a horse.

"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,'" Hayworth reportedly said. "I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse." Hayworth has announced plans to challenge Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) in the 2010 Republican primary for McCain's United States Senate seat.

"As a skeptic, I'm not convinced that Mr. Hayworth's claims about Massachusetts' gay marriage law are true," Thompson said. "However, my opinion can always be swayed by solid evidence. This is why I am offering $1,500 on behalf of 'The Amateur Scientist Podcast' to fly Mr. Hayworth to Massachusetts for one week so that he may court and legally marry a horse under state law." Thompson has been hosting and producing "The Amateur Scientist Podcast" since 2007.

Thompson says the $1,500 on offer would cover Hayworth's airfare from Phoenix, Arizona to Boston, Massachusetts as well as hotel costs, food expenses, marriage license fees, and a gold-plated engagement horseshoe Hayworth may present to his future spouse. This schedule calls for Hayworth to stay in Boston for seven nights. "There's a three-day waiting period for a Massachusetts marriage license, but I think four days should be enough for someone with Mr. Hayworth's bona fides to find a horse that will agree to marry him," Thompson said. "Fortunately, the horse's gender shouldn't matter, so Mr. Hayworth has a wide open field."

According to Thompson, the $1,500 will not cover divorce expenses for Hayworth, who is currently married to a human female.

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