Newly-Elected Anchorage Mayor’s Promise: “Incest Marriage Won’t Lead To Same-Sex Marriage”

“Democrat Ethan Berkowitz was elected mayor of Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday in a runoff election in which Berkowitz’s position on incest had become a last-minute issue. According to KTYY, Anchorage’s NBC affiliate, Berkowitz handily defeated Republican opponent Amy Demboski, winning 59 percent of the vote to her 41 percent, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

“After a contentious campaign, Berkowitz appealed for tolerance and unity Tuesday evening, according to Alaska Dispatch News. Berkowitz said: “There is a better way. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican, a Libertarian, an independent or you don’t even vote. This is our Anchorage!”

“Berkowitz campaign spokeswoman Susanne Fleek told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that Berkowitz’s first priority will be recruiting additional officers for the Anchorage police force. Berkowitz’s triumphant tone on Tuesday night was a stark contrast with the previous day. On Monday, he was still scrambling to dispel claims that he supported incest.

“Last week, during an interview with Demboski, conservative radio host Casey Reynolds asked the Republican candidate about an Anchorage pastor’s recent claim that Berkowitz had endorsed incest in a 2014 radio segment. According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Reynolds expected Demboski to dismiss the idea and move on. Instead, she said it would be “interesting” to hear that segment.

“Berkowitz made the remarks in question during an October 2014 segment of “Bernadette and Berkowitz,” a radio show he then co-hosted alongside conservative commentator Bernadette Wilson. This past Monday, Wilson posted the audio of the segment online.

“In the segment, the two hosts can be heard debating same-sex marriage. Wilson argues that legalizing same-sex marriage would mean any two consenting adults could marry one another. She raises the example of a parent marrying their adult child. Berkowitz replies that consent should be the criterion for government-sanctioned marriage.

““I support the idea of adults being able to choose who they have a relationship with,” he says. “Father and son should be allowed to marry, if they’re both consenting adults – if you’re defining marriage as the bundle of rights and privileges that’s now accrued to people, then yes.”

“After Wilson made the audio available Monday, Berkowitz denied that he supports incest. He said his remarks were a figure of speech intended to emphasize that consent is the most important factor when deciding which marriages should be legal – not an actual endorsement of father-son relationships.

Speaking to Newslo, Berkowitz stated that “everything was just blown out of proportion, just because it was necessary to pump-up headlines.”
“But, while we’re on the subject, incest marriage would definitely not be the same as same-sex marriage,” he added. “Out of those two evils, incest marriages are the lesser one and the sooner Alaskans and other Americans realize that, the sooner this great country can move forward,” Berkowitz concluded.