Republicans Still Comparing Gay Marriage to Incest

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference following a night of rioting in response to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal on November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Corbett is the former state attorney general who launched the investigation in 2009 that eventually brought criminal charges against three former Penn State officials this week. As governor, Corbett is an ex-oficio member of Penn State’s board of trustees. Paterno was fired amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Someone should remind the GOP once again that anti-gay bigotry has fallen out of fashion with most Americans. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett did not get the memo: Speaking to the local news about his state attorneys' analogy between same-sex couples and children — marriage licenses are valid for neither, they argued — Corbett explained, "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know. I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?" No, actually, but Rick Santorum, himself a former Pennsylvania senator turned national punchline, might agree.

Update: Corbett has delivered a classic non-apology apology. "My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize," he said in a statement. "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." There more, if you want to hear it.