Gay Official Slams Corbett’s Incest Remark

Meanwhile, Corbett administration responds to gay marriage lawsuit.

mutchlerRadio station WITF reports that Terry Mutchler, the state’s open records chief, slammed Gov. Tom Corbett Monday during a speech to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. At issue: Corbett’s remarks—since apologized for—comparing gay marriage to incest between a brother and a sister.

“I find it sad that a governor with a team of intelligent, thoughtful, and brilliant staff around him, some of whom are gay, has such a basic, fundamental misunderstanding and, quite frankly, an overt meanness on any issue, but let alone a human rights issue,” said Mutchler, who herself is openly gay. She is finishing up her single six-year term in the state job.

Mutchler suggested she did not believe the governor’s apology. “I do not speak in anger and I don’t speak in frustration,” Mutchler said. “I speak more with sadness that the governor made these remarks and provided a half-hearted apology.”

 Meanwhile, the Corbett Administration is trying to end a legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage. Bloomberg reports: “Lawyers for Corbett argued on Monday in a court filing that the complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. The request was filed in federal court in Harrisburg. A brief in support of the motion will be filed by Oct. 7, according to a court schedule.”

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  • ST

    She’s right. His apology wasn’t really an apology at all: “My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize.”

    This isn’t a real, “I said a dumb thing and it was 100% my fault and I apologize” apology. This is a “If you took the things I said the wrong way and got offended, sorry” apology. It’s the kind of apology that puts the burden of the whole situation on the people who were hurt by his nasty words, like they somehow CHOSE to be offended and that’s something he couldn’t control. The whole thing drives me nuts.

  • Keith Pullman

    What’s wrong with letting an adult marry ANY and ALL consenting adults? We’re talking about consenting adults who want to be together, and there’s no good reason to stop them. Some same-gender relationships and marriages ARE consanguineous (I personally know some). A man should not only be able to marry another man, but two or more other men or his brother.

    Strictly speaking, whether a marriage is same-gender or heterosexual is a different category than whether it is exogamous or interracial, endogamous, or consanguineous. That exogamous/endogamous/consanguineous is a different category from heterosexual/same-gender is not a justification to deny the freedom to marry to consenting adults, or deny them marriage equality. Relationship rights belong to all adults.

    Something does not have to be immutable or inborn, like sexual orientation, to be legal. However, there are people (especially with Genetic Sexual Attraction) who are in consanguineous relationships who would swear to you that they couldn’t love anyone as much as they love their partner(s).

    Equality “just for some” is NOT equality. Let and adult marry ANY and ALL consenting adults.