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Pa. governor says state lawyers made ‘inappropriate’ gay marriage comparison

Thursday, August 29, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday it was inappropriate for his lawyers to compare same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses to 12-year-old children.

Corbett’s administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in suburban Philadelphia, where Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes has issued more than 150 to gay and lesbian couples since July 24.

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

State attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday the gay marriage licenses have no “value or legitimacy” and can’t be defended in court. They compared gay and lesbian couples to children, who can’t marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.

Corbett released a statement Thursday calling it a poor analogy.

“The case involving Montgomery County revolves around a very basic question: Does a public official have the authority to disregard state law based on his own personal legal opinion about the constitutionality of a statute?” he said. “The analogy chosen in the legal brief filed on August 28th is inappropriate.”

Corbett had come under fire from Democrats and advocacy groups. Equality Pennsylvania issued a statement earlier Thursday taking his lawyers to task over the legal argument.

“If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that all people deserve to be treated with respect,” said the group’s executive director, Ted Martin. “The statements made by the attorneys do not simply defend the laws of the state; they deny loving, committed same-sex couples the dignity they deserve.”

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  1. Yeah, well, duh.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:34pm
  2. Adam, Newslo is a satirical website along the lines of The Onion, not an actual news source. (though I must admit, it´s sometimes hard to tell the difference between actual news headlines and something from Newslo or The Onion…)

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:41pm
  3. Oh backpedal away, you´re still not winning any votes next year One-Term-Tom.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:42pm
  4. Tom Corbett is a twat.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:44pm
  5. Oh look, it´s the most hated governor in America. Give us one more reason, douche.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:48pm
  6. Corbett is an owned man.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:52pm
  7. Idiots are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a losing battle.

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:57pm
  8. Then fire them

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:57pm
  9. Theyre going to loose

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:10pm
  10. I live in Pa….he is just an All Around A**HOLE…. If it´s a Good Idea He´s against it….But If You Wanna Frack,Cut Public School funding by 2/3, And turn a Blind Eye to Our Crumbling Infrastructure,And Take away Marriage for All. Then He´s Your Guy!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:37pm
  11. YA THINK, YOU FOOL

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:31am
  12. Is he dissagreeing with his own lawyers?

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:34am
  13. trying to save his own ass.. “They weren´t supposed to say that in public!!”

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:43am
  14. aparently he is sis Stacie Bonner…..this guy is a fool.

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:52am
  15. another unpopular governor! screwball loser!

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:16am
  16. that came from his mouth not his lawyers. Don´t back peddle now your highness, your days are numbered remember that as you rule with your iron fist for the next year.

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:40am
  17. wow , were 12 years old …I didnt know 12 yos could marry!!! and to think lawyers become judges…doesnt that scare the hell out of you?

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8:03am
  18. I was seeking for Jake Gyllenhall and instead I found Tom Corbett HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 12:51pm
  19. STUPID haters

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:23pm
  20. Yes tell them. We already knew.

    Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:11pm