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Dems blitz Corbett gay marriage remarks

Published by Tim McNulty on .

As expected, Democrats have been quick this morning to denounce Gov. Tom Corbett's statement that gay marriage is like that between brothers and sisters, aka incest.

Full statements from the cavalcade of Dems seeking to replace him next year are below.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County:

"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. The Governor should immediately apologize for his latest offensive comments.

"Pennsylvania deserves a Governor who is respectful of our rich diversity and who will advocate for LGBT couples in loving and committed relationships to receive equal recognition under law. States across the country have made historic progress, and, as Governor, I will fight to make sure Pennsylvania joins those efforts."

Former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf of York County:

"Governor Corbett's remarks comparing marriage equality to marriage between siblings is hateful and demeaning. This offensive rhetoric is just the latest example of Corbett and his administration standing in the way of equality while demeaning the LGBT community and Pennsylvania families. He needs to apologize immediately."

Former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty:

"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."

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski:

Allentown, Pa. – This morning Tom Corbett insulted the LGBT community specifically and Pennsylvanians in general during an interview on a Harrisburg TV station when asked about statements his lawyers made in a recent court filing. The lawyers compared the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children since neither can legally marry in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"

"No, I don't," said Pawlowski. "And I would expect more from a former Attorney General, whose job was to protect the civil rights of all Pennsylvanians. There is no analogy that is appropriate for gay marriage except to say that love is love and civil rights for one are civil rights for all. That is why I have signed on for Mayors For Marriage Equality."

"The politics of division and social injustice can no longer be tolerated in Pennsylvania or in this country. Again, I'll repeat, that only by working together, no matter what your ethnic or religious background, or sexual preference, can we move Pennsylvania forward," he concluded.

State Treasurer Rob McCord:

"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."

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