Equality PA Demands Apology from Gov. Corbett after His Remarks Comparing Same-sex Marriage to Incest

On Friday, October 4th Gov. Corbett compared marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister in a televised interview.

Executive Director of Equality PA released the following statement in response to Gov. Corbett’s comments demanding an apology to all lesbian and gay couples in Pennsylvania:

“Gov. Corbett’s statements are shocking and hurtful to thousands of gay and lesbian couples who are doing the hard work of building strong families all across the commonwealth.

As poll after poll continues to affirm that the majority of Pennsylvanians support allowing same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry — Gov. Corbett’s comments aren’t simply offensive; they’re out of touch.

We urge Gov. Corbett to immediately apologize for his irresponsible remarks. And we invite him to participate in a conversation with same-sex couples to talk about why marriage matters to all Pennsylvania families.”

For press inquiries, contact Levana Layendecker at llayendecker at equalitypa dot org.

UPDATE at 2:57 PM, Friday, Oct. 4:

There is now a video apology. View it here.

UPDATE at 11:23 AM, Friday, Oct. 4:

Gov. Corbett just released the following apology:

News for Immediate Release     Oct. 4, 2013 

Governor Corbett Issues Statement in Response to Same-Sex Marriage Comment  

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement in response to the airing of a news segment on same-sex marriage.

“During a recent interview, I was asked to comment on the ruling by Judge Pellegrini that the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts did not have the power to decide the constitutionality of state laws. “My words were not intended to offend anyone.  If they did, I apologize.

“I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license.  As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law.  My intent was to provide an example of these categories.

”The constitutional question is now before a federal court and that is the venue in which same-sex couples wishing to legally marry have standing to intervene and be heard. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and the question of its legal status is one that will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides.”

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