Lorraine Mae Rafferty is running for governor in Oregon, and while she has a snowball’s chance in hell to win the Republican nomination, she certainly knows how to spice up the primary. In an interview with The Oregonian, Rafferty made it clear that she is adamantly opposed to marriage equality by casually equating it with murder.
“I would have to say, I definitely believe that that is wrong,” she said during the four-minute videotaped interview. “I believe it’s a sin, just the same as murder’s a sin.”
Rafferty is a political novice from the tiny town of Selma, where she runs a hardwood product business with her husband. Just in case you’re wondering what era she would emulate, she told the newspaper that she as governor she would “pull a 1950 lawbook off the shelf and change the date to 2014.”
Rafferty is clearly campaigning to capture the vote of the tin-foil hat brigade. Her website, which is rife with misspellings, run-on sentences and missing punctuation, is an ode to extremism. One look at the site would prove that her comments on marriage reflect what she’s been saying all along.
“Not to many years ago this was on the ballot and Oregon said we as a state do not believe that people of the same sex should be sanctioned as married by the state,” Rafferty says on the site. “‘They’ did not like our answer so the state legislature undermined our votes and passed legislation allowing for domestic partnerships giving them the exact same rights as a married couple…No I do not support same sex marriage it [sic] a sin, and the very acceptance of it by society is a violation of innocent minds.”
Too bad for her that most Oregonians are accomplices in the sin. A majority of voters there now support marriage equality, and the odds are good for a fall ballot measure that would legalize marriage in the state. That is, unless a court doesn’t strike the ban down first. A hearing is scheduled later this month. Watch for more frothing at the mouth from Rafferty when the inevitable comes to pass.
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