Keegan Gibson thinks this latest Corbett gaffe could be the equivalent of Rick Santorum’s 2006 “man-on-dog” comment, and the Democratic candidates for Governor are going to try their damndest to capitalize on it.
Here’s a round-up of the reactions from the major candidates:
Katie McGinty, Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, today issued the following statement on Tom Corbett’s early morning remarks broadcast on WHP-TV 21 (CBS) in Harrisburg where he compared gay marriage to incest:
“Tom Corbett owes an apology to the people of Pennsylvania. He has a history of making demeaning and insulting remarks towards Pennsylvanians of all walks of life, but even for Tom Corbett today’s remark is shockingly offensive. It’s more proof we need a new governor who respects every Pennsylvanian.”
On Thursday, McGinty endorsed newly introduced state legislation, the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act, that would allow marriage equality in the state of Pennsylvania. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages in states where they are legal. At the time, McGinty called on Pennsylvania to follow suit and pass legislation that affirmed marriage equality for all Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania remains one of the few states in the Northeast that does not allow marriage equality. Delaware, Maryland, New York and Connecticut are among 13 states that have passed marriage equality.
Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, a Democrat planning to run for governor against Corbett, called on him to “immediately apologize for his latest offensive comments.”
“Governor Corbett’s continued hateful rhetoric regarding same-sex marriage is unacceptable and an insult to thousands of gay and lesbian Pennsylvanians who simply want equality,” Schwartz said in a statement.
“Just when you think he can’t sink any lower, Governor Corbett goes and proves you wrong,” said McCord. “I don’t know what he has against equality and equal treatment under the law, but Pennsylvanians deserve better than this. It’s hard to believe we have a governor so clueless that he doesn’t even know when he’s offending millions of Pennsylvanians, but we do. Governor Corbett’s lame attempts at cleaning up his ill-informed and offensive remarks seem insincere and don’t change the fact that he fails to understand that all of us deserve to be treated equally. If Governor Corbett has some doubt about whether his remarks were offensive, let me clear it up for him: Governor, they were.”
When asked by a reporter to comment on the appropriateness of the legal argument made by his attorneys who claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry was akin to allowing children to marry, Corbett said he thought the analogy was inappropriate, but added, “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”
“Gov. Corbett’s remarks comparing marriage equality to marriage between siblings is hateful and demeaning,”