HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – Leaders of the Pennsylvania legislature’s LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced Gov. Tom Corbett’s comparison of the love of committed same-sex couples to incest.

After a public backlash, Corbett previously called “inappropriate” his administration’s legal argument comparing same-sex couples who seek marriage equality to 12-year-olds. Today, a Harrisburg TV station aired video of an interview where Corbett laughed after saying he thinks “a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said, “While this latest apology is appreciated, it’s not even close to what Pennsylvania needs. Pennsylvania needs marriage equality and protection from discrimination for LGBT residents. Same-sex marriages are nothing like incestuous relationships, and discrimination isn’t a laughing matter for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are denied the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage, which are now available to them in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The governor is also doing economic damage to the state by resisting marriage equality, which a majority of Pennsylvanians now support.”

On Thursday, Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery/Phila., introduced a bipartisan House bill (H.B. 1686) to allow civil marriage equality in Pennsylvania. LGBT Equality Caucus co-chair Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, has introduced a Senate bill (S.B. 719) to accomplish the same goal.

Leach said, “The correct analogy for the Governor to make is not between same-sex marriage and incest, it is between same-sex marriage and his own marriage to the First Lady. The majority of Pennsylvanians realize this — we support marriage equality, and those who do not still have a basic respect for the people involved. I hope the rest of the nation understands that these old, tired, ignorant, bigoted sentiments reflect Tom Corbett, not Pennsylvania.”

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