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Pa. governor equates gay marriage, incest

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show, a remark quickly condemned by advocates involved in the state’s battle over whether to allow gays to wed.

Corbett, a Republican, was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg when asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples with the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state.

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‘‘It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,’’ Corbett said. ‘‘I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?’’

Pennsylvania is the only Northeast state that allows neither gay marriage nor civil unions. Its ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged.

Mark Aronchick, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, called Corbett’s remarks ‘‘insensitive, insulting, and plainly wrong.’’

Later Friday, Corbett issued a statement saying his ‘‘words were not intended to offend anyone’’ and apologizing if they did.


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