GOP governor compares same-sex marriage to incest

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's latest disapproval rating: 58 percent

By Elias Isquith

Published October 4, 2013 1:50PM (EDT)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett       (Associated Press)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (Associated Press)

Tom Corbett, Republican governor of Pennsylvania, said on a Friday morning Harrisburg TV news show that a recent court filing from the state comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality made an "inappropriate analogy," and that "a much better analogy would have been brother and sister."

Corbett, who according to a recent poll has a disapproval rating of 58 percent, also said that a lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage did not belong in federal court. "The federal court shouldn't even be involved in this," Corbett said. "But if they say they are, then they're going to make a determination whether the state has the right to determine that a marriage is only between a man and a woman and not between two individuals of the same sex."

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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