Published On: Fri, Apr 4th, 2014

Lorraine Mae Rafferty says gay marriage is sin, makes comparison to ‘murder’s a sin’

Lorraine Mae Rafferty, a Republican candidate for governor in Oregon is under fire for equating same-sex marriage with murder during an interview with The Oregonian.

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“I would have to say, I definitely believe that that is wrong,” Rafferty said before speaking on a ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage. “I believe it’s a sin, just the same as murder’s a sin.”

Critics are labeling Rafferty as “outside of the mainstream” or a radical Evangelical.

She considers abortion to be murder, and explained that she thinks it’s “misunderstood.”

“People don’t really understand … If I become governor I think maybe that would be one of my things, some kind of an education thing,” Rafferty explained. “Maybe if I even had to pay for it out of my own pocket, to get people to understand that a baby in the womb is a human being.”

In March, GOP activists in the state voted to endorse a potential marriage equality ballot measure 233-162.

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.

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