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Pa. Governor Tom Corbett correlates same-sex marriage to incest

On Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Penn State Community Reacts As Trustees Fire Coach Joe PaternoOn Friday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett drew criticism for comments made in an interview with WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa. According to Philly.com on October 4, the Republican governor made a correlation between same-sex marriage and incest.

In the interview, Corbett was asked about a controversial statement his lawyers made over the summer on gay marriage in which they wrote that gay marriage was illegal just like marriage between children. The governor did deem the comment to be “inappropriate” and then made it worse by saying that a “better analogy would have been brother and sister.”

He then apologized for those remarks and claimed he was just trying to provide an example of illegalities defined in state law.

“I explained that current Pennsylvania statue delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license.”

Such a comparison wasn’t necessary and according to Ted Martin, executive director for the advocacy group Equality PA, the comments were not only “hurtful” but were also representative of a lack of understanding the governor has on the importance of same-sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples in the state of Pennsylvania.

Democrats also took the opportunity to point our Corbett’s ignorance. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz called the governor’s views “hateful” and “unacceptable” and called it “an insult to thousands of gay and lesbian Pennsylvanians who simply want equality.”

It is those same thousands of Pennsylvanian citizens who Corbett is alienating, especially since he is up for reelection in 2014. But then again, his low approval ratings are evident that many more other Pennsylvanians are not happy with the outspoken governor.

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