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Pennsylvania Governor compares same-sex marriage to "brother and sister" marrying

Posted by David Zimmerman  October 4, 2013 11:49 AM

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R), in an appearance on WHP-TV in Harrisburg this morning compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister.

In response to a question about a recent statement made in court by Corbett’s lawyers, comparing same-sex marriage to children marrying, Corbett said, "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know. I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"

Word of the governor’s statement began to spread very quickly and was widely condemned, especially in the LGBT community. Said HRC Vice President Fred Sainz, “Gov. Corbett proved today he is horribly out of touch with reality and does not represent the views of fair-minded Pennsylvanians. Americans of all political stripes are embracing marriage equality and the nation is moving forward on the issue while Gov. Corbett wants to turn back the clock.”

“Opponents of equality are becoming increasingly desperate these days. Gov. Corbett’s remarks embody that desperation, especially as equality efforts pick up speed in Pennsylvania," Sainz continued.

At 11:30 this morning Governor Corbett released a statement apologizing to those he may have offended stating his “words were not intended to offend anyone.”

Corbett says his comment during the WHP-TV morning news interview was meant to provide an example of the categories of people who aren’t legally entitled to obtain marriage licenses in Pennsylvania.

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