Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Murder

Seriously? This woman is insane in the membrane.

Lorraine Mae Rafferty, a Republican candidate for governor in Oregon, equated same-sex marriage with murder during an interview with The Oregonian on Tuesday.

“I would have to say, I definitely believe that that is wrong,” Rafferty said when confronted with the possibility of a ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage in Oregon. “I believe it’s a sin, just the same as murder’s a sin.”

There are signs that Rafferty’s views place her outside the mainstream among Oregon Republicans. In March, GOP activists in the state voted to endorse a potential marriage equality ballot measure 233-162.

On Tuesday, sponsors of the ballot measure asked U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to issue his decision in a case challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban by May 23, the deadline for submitting ballot initiative signatures for early review. Backers of the ballot initiative said they would not push ahead if the ban is overturned. Oral arguments for the case have been scheduled for April 23.

Rafferty, a 52-year-old business owner who has never run for political office, also said she considers abortion to be murder, and explained that she thinks it’s “misunderstood.”

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