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PA Governor Tom Corbett: Comparing Gay Couples to '12-year-Olds' an 'Inappropriate Analogy'

Yesterday, Towleroad reported that Pennsyvania Governor Tom Corbett's administration filed a brief Wednesday in defense of the state's ban on same-sex marriage seeking to halt the marriage licenses that have been handed out for a month in Montogmery County. The brief compared gay and lesbian couples to 12-year-olds, who are also barred from marrying under state law, reading:

Corbett"Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?"

Corbett's office is now backtracking on that statement, Reuters reports:

Speaking for Corbett, who is on vacation in South Carolina, Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesman for the Office of General Counsel, said the analogy was being taken out of context through a campaign of misinformation by the governors detractors. The reference to 12-year-olds was only meant to illustrate one group that is prohibited from marrying under state law, he said.

But it's an analogy, the governor feels was inappropriate, Hagen-Frederiksen said. The governor never said it or wrote it, Hagen-Frederiksen said, but his detractors are acting like he did.

So Corbett wants to clear his name and wants the public to know, he doesn't agree with it and he thinks it was an inappropriate analogy, Hagen-Frederiksen said.

"That's coming form the governor's mouth," he said.

Political enemies of the Republican administration spent a good part of Thursday trumpeting the 12-year-old reference as an alleged act of bias.

"Tom Corbett needs to remove every single person who signed off on this bigoted, disgusting brief from his office today," Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn.

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  1. Comparing grown men and women who want to marry each other to 12 year olds is wrong. But supporting grown men and women who want to marry each other is also wrong.

    Sorry, the backtracking doesn't jibe. Either get on board and let consenting adults marry AND have equal rights OR try and prevent it and continue treating them like children who don't know what's good for them.

    You can't have it both ways assholes.

    Posted by: Cal | Aug 30, 2013 7:58:36 AM


  2. Yeah, according to PA resident Rick Santorum, what the Governor meant was to compare same-sex couples receiving marriage licenses to a clerk issuing a license to a man and a dog.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 30, 2013 7:59:00 AM


  3. He's the governor. It doesn't matter who in his administration said or wrote what, he is ultimately responsible for those words. He needs to man up and take responsibility instead of trying to play the blame game.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Aug 30, 2013 7:59:31 AM


  4. Probably should have worded that "grown men and women who want to marry someone of the same sex" but I'm going to assume that people here know what I meant.

    Posted by: Cal | Aug 30, 2013 7:59:46 AM


  5. Taken out of context? Really? How the hell did we take comparing gay couples getting married to 12 year olds out of context?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 30, 2013 8:00:02 AM


  6. VILE ugly remarks comparing tax paying consenting adults to children.

    Posted by: Ajeroy | Aug 30, 2013 8:39:06 AM


  7. I'm so SICK of elected officials not facing much of any consequences for making horrifically homophobic remarks, but basically being thrown out of town for making negative remarks toward any other demographic. Why is it okay for us gays to consistently be belittled by the very people who represent our state? Time for us to demand change.

    Posted by: Mitchel | Aug 30, 2013 8:40:28 AM


  8. "...The reference to 12-year-olds was only meant to illustrate one group that is prohibited from marrying under state law, he said..."

    Actually, there is NO comparison. Because when 12 year olds reach the appropriate age... THEY CAN MARRY like everyone else....

    ...And unlike LGBT who can't marry at all.

    Ever.

    In HIS state.

    Its HIS state, I's Tells Ya. ALL HIS AND NO ONE ELSES!

    So, um, no.

    Posted by: dean | Aug 30, 2013 8:57:44 AM


  9. You know there's sill A LOT of work to be done when the governor of Pennsylvania (one of the most highly populated LGBT states in the union) makes ignorant, vile comments like this.

    Posted by: Beree | Aug 30, 2013 9:06:22 AM


  10. You know there's sill A LOT of work to be done when the governor of Pennsylvania (one of the most highly populated LGBT states in the union) makes ignorant, vile comments like this.

    Posted by: Beree | Aug 30, 2013 9:06:35 AM


  11. However, in Pennsylvania as in all states, Death Row inmates can marry even though the union will never be consummated and therefore procreation is impossible. Felons, even though they have had nearly every other right suspended, chief among them voting, cannot be denied marriage because the Supreme Court ruled that the "spousal relationship" in so central and intrinsic it cannot be withheld.

    How about them apples?

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 30, 2013 9:14:35 AM


  12. LCR's; I hate Federal Law trumping State's Rights on LGBT Marriage.

    All Other Gays; We love each other and want to get married.

    What's wrong with this picture?

    If you said Self-Loathing Republicans - You Win!

    Posted by: dean | Aug 30, 2013 9:19:01 AM


  13. They need to terminate the lawyers who signed the brief, otherwise it is all empty rhetoric.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Aug 30, 2013 11:01:53 AM


  14. the dumb ass should always remember the biggest difference between a 12 year old and a gay couple is the gay couple can vote and so can their friends and supporters. guess what governor dildo people will remember your comments

    Posted by: walter | Aug 30, 2013 1:07:32 PM


  15. They should know better than to keep this active in the press.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 30, 2013 1:53:37 PM


  16. Impeach him and/or protest outside his office. There's certainly enough LGBT in that state to make our presence felt when faced with such blatant bigotry by a governor. Don't let this just pass by.

    Posted by: Junior | Aug 30, 2013 2:42:56 PM


  17. ugh! another miscommunication, misunderstanding! why do these "misunderstandings" always happen after the fact and bad press? Corbett is n friend of the gay community, so him saying something about 12 year olds and marriage would make sense from him

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 30, 2013 4:15:26 PM


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