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There, He Said It: PA Gov Thinks Same-Sex Marriage Is More Like “Brother and Sister”

Jim Burroway

October 4th, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in August distanced himself from state lawyers which justified the state’s ban on same-sex marriage by saying there’s no discrimination involved because marriages between twelve-year-olds are also illegal. Corbett called that reasoning “inappropriate.” What is an appropriate argument? How about comparing same-sex marriage to a union between brother and sister?

Anchor Sherry Christian of Harrisburg’s WHP-TV didn’t know quite how to handle this exchange:

CHRISTIAN: There was a controversial remark made by a member of your legal team comparing gay marriage to the union of twelve-year-olds, saying both are illegal, which you called inappropriate.

CORBETT: It was an inappropriate analogy. I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister. Don’t you?

CHRISTIAN: [Awkward pause] … I don’t know. [Nervous laughter]

CORBETT: Well we…

CHRISTIAN: I don’t know. I’m going to leave the comments to you and your team, but you did say it was inappropriate, and you have a better phrasing that you think…

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is defending its marriage equality ban in Whitewood v. Corbett, which was filed in July in Federal District Court by the ACLU. The Commonwealth is also suing in state court to try to halt Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Libria
October 4th, 2013 | LINK

“I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister.”

Yes, yes! I am against heterosexual marriage too, because there is no difference between hetero marriage and a brother – sister marriage. As long as they are happy, who’s to stand in their way? Slippery slope, brother.

ebohlman
October 6th, 2013 | LINK

Please proceed, Governor.

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