Pennsylvania's governor says he's sorry if he offended anyone when he compared same-sex marriage to the marriage of a brother and sister.
Republican Tom Corbett issued a statement saying his "words were not intended to offend anyone" after seeing negative reaction to an interview he gave on WHP-TV morning news.
Corbett's administration is battling a legal campaign to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. In the interview, he said his attorneys made an error when they compared same-sex marriage to the marriage of children. The governor said a better analogy would be the marriage of a brother and sister.
An attorney for the plaintiffs in one freedom to marry case in the state, Mark Aronchick, said the governor was "insensitive, insulting and plainly wrong."
Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign said, "Gov. Corbett proved today he is horribly out of touch with reality and does not represent the views of fair-minded Pennsylvanians. Americans of all political stripes are embracing marriage equality and the nation is moving forward on the issue while Gov. Corbett wants to turn back the clock.”
A hearing on a federal challenge to the same-sex marriage ban in the state is scheduled for next week.
Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and 13 states. And efforts are underway in many other states – in every region of the country – to advance the freedom to marry.