Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett doubled down on controversial comments made by his legal counsel regarding same sex marriage by switching analogies. As if comparing gay couples to children wasn't bad enough, the governor decided to add another analogy to the mix - marriage between brothers and sisters.
The Harrisburg CBS affiliate interviewed Corbett, and he made this reply after the reporter asked him about the previous objectionable analogy that had been made by his legal team. Whether or not the governor intended to imply that gay relationships were the equivalent of incestuous affairs is unclear. However, unsavory as it may be, both analogies refer to marital relationships that are illegal in the Commonwealth - just as gay marriages are now.
HuffPost commentators were quick to point out in the video here that if Corbett truly is a small government Republican, theoretically he would be against any laws prohibiting any sort of marriage contract between consenting adults, including between brothers and sisters. While that conclusion may be amusing to some proponents of gay marriage, it certainly does gloss over the issue.
A more accurate description of a small government politician would probably be someone that is of the opinion that the state should not be in the business of endorsing marriage at all - that there would be personal contracts, for tax purposes, nothing more. That is the civil union route that is dreaded by many gay rights activists.
As for Pennsylvania, if Corbett continues to make public statements as he has recently on gay marriage, it is likely that he will win the case for his opposition on the issue. Regardless, it is a battle that must be carried out in the courts or in the legislature, contrary to what Pennsylvania's Attorney General Kathleen Kane believes. While her personal opinion may be that the current law forbidding gay marriage is unconstitutional, the decision on that matter is not for her to make. That is for the courts to decide, and she should be held accountable for refusing to do her job - defend the laws of the Commonwealth, whether she agrees with them, or not.