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Pa. gov: Gay marriage is like marriage of siblings

October 4, 2013 News Extra

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HARRISBURG — Gov. 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 that was quickly condemned by advocates involved in the state’s ongoing battle over whether to allow gays to wed.

Corbett was on a Harrisburg television show when he was asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to 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 state in the Northeast that allows neither gay marriage nor civil unions. Its ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged in federal and state courts.

Mark Aronchick, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the pending federal case, called Corbett’s remarks “insensitive, insulting and plainly wrong.”

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