In Cringe-Inducing Interview, Pennsylvania Gov. Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest

“You know, I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”

1. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett had an interview this morning with WHP-TV in Harrisburg, PA.

2. The governor was asked to clarify a statement made by his lawyers from a court filing this August in the challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

3. In the brief, his attorneys stated:

“Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old … is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his ‘license’?”

4. Corbett, who previously called that statement “inappropriate,” responded:

5. Before swiftly nose-diving into this:

6. *crickets*


7. *nervous laughter*

8. Internal dialogue: “Help me.”

10. Watch the full clip:

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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