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Updated Oct 4, 2013 - 9:49 am

Pennsylvania Gov. compares gay marriage to incest

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett wins the worst answer of the week award.

Pennsylvania's top public official was asked about statements his lawyers had made in comparing gay marriage to the marriage of children because it is illegal in the state.

"It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"

The shocked TV interviewer said, "I don't know. I don't know. I'm going to leave the comments to you and your team."

Not surprisingly, Corbett -- and his team -- released an apology statement shortly after the segment aired.

"During a recent interview, I was asked to comment on the ruling by Judge Pellegrini that the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts did not have the power to decide the constitutionality of state laws.

"My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize.

"I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories.

"The constitutional question is now before a federal court and that is the venue in which same-sex couples wishing to legally marry have standing to intervene and be heard. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and the question of its legal status is one that will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides."

Oh, governor. Try not to say anything that you'll be forced to apologize for later. Just a thought.

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