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Friday, October 4, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Compares Gay Marriage to Incest

Posted by on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

What the headline says. Jen wrote about it in Morning News, but here's video:

UPDATE: Slog tipper Rick asks: "Great Santorum headline, or greatest Santorum headline?"

 

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I hope PA has the numbers to vote this relic out. The tides have turned against bigots like him, and they'll be dragged out to sea sooner than later.
Posted by deign_to_say on October 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM · Report this
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Doubly offensive in Pennsylvania. If you've ever been to the aptly-named Pennsyltucky regions of the state, half the people you meet seem to be inbred idiots.
Posted by Subdued Excitement on October 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 3
Shit coming out a bigot's mouth isn't anything new. What bothers me is the interviewer. She desperately wants to play along with him. In so doing, she comes across like a vapid cheerleader, trying to "keep things positive," pleasing everyone at an awkward Thanksgiving meal.

Listen, toots, you're supposed to be a journalist. Ask him to clarify and allow him the freedom to express himself. Bigots aren't interested in everyone being happy, so there's no reason to expect that people will be happy with what they say.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
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The original reporting on this issue was terrible. The legal team was not making an analogy between the merits of same-sex marriage and the merits of underage marriage. They were only making an argument about standing to intervene in the case. They were saying that the illegally issued marriage certificate did not give them standing to intervene in the injunction against the clerk who was violating the law any more than two twelve year olds (or a brother and sister) who were issued a marriage certificate illegaly would have standing to invervene in a similar case. Regardless of your stance on same-sex marriage, this is a valid and innoffensive analogy. It is about their legal standing, not about their morality or righteousness.

Unfortunately for the govorner, he doesn't seem to understand that either and seems to be actually making an on the merits analogy?
Posted by brent.b on October 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Report this
delirian 5
@3: This is the problem with access politics. Journalists will be nice with politicians because those politicians will reward the journalist with better access in the future (the David Gregory school of journalism). If they don't play nice they'll be attacked for "gotcha journalism" and blacklisted.
Posted by delirian on October 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 6
4, So in the 50's, would it have been a valid analogy for a governor of an anti integrationist state to compare the merits of interracial marriage to the merits of incest or underage marriage?
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7

I compare gay marriage to incense.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on October 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
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@6

Are you still making this ridiculous comparison?

Even if chosen homosexual behavior and non chosen skin color had anything at all in common, the answer would still be yes though.

What would follow yes would be different. 'Yes, anti miscegenation laws are unjust, but we can't ignore the law based on personal opinions. So I'm working to get rid of them'. And yes, neither 2 children nor two members of the same gender may lawfully receive marriage licenses. Nor should they.'

See how easy that was?
Posted by Seattleblues on October 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Doctor Memory 9
@8: your tears are delicious. CRY MORE.
Posted by Doctor Memory http://blahg.blank.org on October 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this
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@9 She is a weepy little drama queen isn't she.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on October 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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The thing I love about these guys is how stupid they are going to look in retrospect, once everyone comes around. They're the equivalent of the crotchety old racists who honestly believe anti-miscegenation laws were holding back the tide of black men stealing all the white women.
Posted by beef rallard on October 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM · Report this
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Can anybody explain why the lustlab link over in the stranger personals ad almost always goes to a "no such profile" page? What the fuck, web guys? Stop teasing me with vinyl-clad booty and then making me jump through hoops to actually find it. It's been like this for years and occasionally I complain about it in comments, but apparently nobody from The Stranger ever actually tries clicking on those.

Posted by beef rallard on October 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 13
Interracial sex and marriage are chosen behaviors. People don't choose what sex they were born.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 14
@ 8 needs more healthy gay sex in his life. Closeted glory holing is warping his tender mind.
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
very bad homo 15
@8 Sorry, not chosen, not "behavior". Stop repeating this ridiculous lie.
Posted by very bad homo on October 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 16
8, Having sex with or marrying someone of a different race Is a chosen behavior. Gender is not.


Even if chosen interracial behavior and non chosen gender had anything at all in common, the answer would still be yes though.

What would follow yes would be different. 'Yes, anti-gay laws are unjust, but we can't ignore the law based on personal opinions. So I'm working to get rid of them'. And yes, neither 2 children nor two members of different races may lawfully receive marriage licenses. Nor should they.'

See how easy that was?
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 17
Sexual Orientation is not a choice, just ask a Heterosexual.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM · Report this
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@17 That won't work. A complete closet case figures actual heterosexuals are just lying to him and they're also secretly resisting that big temptation that's tearing him apart..Is it any wonder he's blue?

If we as a society did a better job of raising our children, and kept the churches from poisoning their impressionable minds with self-hatred, we'd have a lot fewer tormented souls like Seattleblues running around.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on October 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
venomlash 19
@8: "we can't ignore the law based on personal opinions"
This from the guy who freely admits to denying lease renewal to tenants because they're lesbians and who brags that he'll be actively noncomplying with the ACA. Hmm. It's almost as if you only think everyone needs to follow the laws that you happen to like.
Posted by venomlash on October 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM · Report this
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@6 No. I think you should read my first comment again. It wouldn't be ok to compare the merits (like I said in my first post, the lawyers were not making a comparison of the merits). But it would be ok to compare the implication of an illegal marriage certificate issued to an interracial couple or an underage couple in a state that had anti-miscegenation laws. Regardless of the merits, either couple would have equal legal standing to challenge an injuntion against the clerk that was issuing illegal marriage certificates. The justness of the underlying law is irrelevant in that discussion.
Posted by brent.b on October 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this

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