PA Governor Compares Marriage Equality To Incest

What is it with Republican politicians in Pennsylvania? First we have one-time Senator Rick Santorum comparing gay marriage to man-on-dog sex. Today we have Gov. Tom Corbett comparing marriage equality to incest.

In comments on a local television station, Corbett proved that the state’s legal argument against marriage equality — that it’s like letting 12-year-olds marry — wasn’t offensive enough for him. “It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,” Corbett said. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

No, we don’t.

You would think that as a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general Corbett would know how to focus his argument on the law. Instead, he dives right to the lowest common denominator.

Although he is just in his first term, the vast majority of Pennsylvanians are already more inclined to vote for Skippy the Wonder Dog than re-elect Corbett. If his approval rating was a person, it wouldn’t be old enough to vote for him.

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  • Daveliam

    I find it so embarrassing to be from the only Northeastern (New England OR Mid-Atlantic) state that doesn’t have some form of same sex relationship legal rights. I was born and raised in PA and I now live in NJ and work in NY. While it’s very frustrating to leave my marriage in the Lincoln Tunnel every night (as I return to my second class status Civil Union), it’s even more frustrating to know that I can never return to my home state if I want to have the same legal status as the rest of my family. Such a shame, PA.

  • Kevin B

    He ALMOST, KIND OF has a point. Cousins would be a closer analogy. I know, I know, laws that restrict marriage to more distant relatives are there to prevent genetic disorders. But actually, first cousins have a very slightly increased chance of producing kids with disorders than do unrelated people, and first-cousin marriage is and has been legal/accepted all over the world for most of human history without particular ill effects. So the reason you can’t marry your cousin isn’t to protect public health: it’s because a lot of people find it icky… which is kind of the reason you can’t marry someone of the same sex. I mean obviously that’s more of an argument for making BOTH legal but still, the analogy isn’t terrible.

  • hyhybt

    @Kevin B: The only reason I cannot marry my (female) first cousin is that neither of us wants to.

    As for the article… well, yes, technically brother and sister is a better comparison, but only because the siblings might be of age and consenting, which makes it, not *good* by any means, but less horrible.

  • Kevin B

    @hyhybt: You can’t marry your first cousin in Pennsylvania regardless of whether or not one of you wants to.

  • hyhybt

    @Kevin B: Sorry; I didn’t mean to imply that I could. Nonetheless, even after the rapid expansion in the past 12 months, it’s still possible in more states than marrying someone of the same sex.

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