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Corbett's administration backs off comment that compares same-sex couples to 12-year-olds

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 05:53 PM CDT
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

Governor Corbett late Thursday agreed that a statement in a legal briefing about same-sex marriage was "inappropriate."

The one line of concern was an apparent comparison of same-sex marriage couples to 12-year-olds getting married.

"There was no ill intent by the attorneys," Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said. He is the spokesperson for the Office of General Counsel which wrote the legal brief.

Its intent was to limit what parties could be included in a court case against the Montgomery County Register of Wills who has handed out marriage licenses to same sex couples.

The state is trying to get the courts to order him to stop.

The focus of the briefing, however, quickly turned to one particular line on page 15 of the briefing: "Had the Clerk issued marriage licenses to twelve-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each twelve-year-old has a legally enforceable "interest" in his "license" and is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his "license" else his due process rights be violated?"

Most supporters of same-sex marriage saw that as a comparison between fictitious 12-year-olds getting married and the same-sex couples who are trying to be part of the court case in support of the Montgomery County Register of Wills.

"The governor agrees that the line is inappropriate, " Frederiksen said.
The case against the Montgomery County official is set for Sept. 4.


Corbett's administration backs off comment that compares same-sex couples to 12-year-olds


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