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.

‘‘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.

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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.


Associated Press