Corbett Administration defends comparing LGBT community to “12-year-olds”
We knew it was going to be hard for the Corbett Administration to come out on top in their fight against marriage equality in Montgomery County. Considering we’re nearing election season, and Pennsylvanians are quickly evolving toward supporting more LGBT rights, the state’s case against rogue marriage licenses, we thought, would likely have to be dealt with with the utmost precaution.
What we never thought—perhaps naively—was that while walking that tight rope, they’d completely fuck it up, using some of the most offensive language we’ve ever seen in their legal case, creating more bad press around an administration that’s simultaneously looking at their lowest approval ratings, ever.
Here’s the rundown for those just tuning in. Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples shortly after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she couldn’t defend the state in a Defense of Marriage Act case, because she found the state’s law unconstitutional.
Then, the state filed a lawsuit against Hanes, attempting to get him to stop giving out those licenses, which, since July 24, number 154 throughout the state.
On Wednesday, the state filed a brief, running down their side of the argument.
“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’?” the state wrote.
There are lots of comparisons they could have made. But they chose to compare two adults in love to 7th graders.
After a series of negative headlines and press from around the state, and the world, the Administration responded. Weirdly.
“Contrary to recent headlines, the administration does NOT equate same-sex marriage to the marriage of minors,” they wrote, noting, “…other individuals whose marriages are excluded by Pennsylvania law, would have no standing to intervene in this type of case.”
Well, OK. But they still said “12-year-olds” when they could have said, oh, say, anything else.
Although to be fair, comparing the LGBT community to “man-on-dog” relations was already taken by another former Pennsylvania politician. So I guess you’ve got to work with what you’ve got.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has been all over this, sending out numerous emails, one of which notes Corbett “thinks gay couples are as emotional, irrational and lacking in judgment as pre-teens. It’s sickening.”
To top things off, a new Franklin and Marshall poll was released today, showing Gov. Corbett with the lowest approval ratings of his entire term: 17 percent think he is doing either a “fair or excellent job.” Twenty percent thinks he deserves re-election. All of this is not good.
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