Gay relationships and incest

The NYT reports that on Monday, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, wrote a letter to President Obama in which he said, “I cannot overstate the pain that we feel as human beings and as families when we read an argument, presented in federal court, implying that our own marriages have no more constitutional standing than incestuous ones.”

I’m wondering, what is the difference between a sexual relationship between two men who are unrelated and two men who are brothers? Why is one acceptable and the other not? If two brothers wanted to get married where gay marriage was legal, what would be the reason for denying it? If the brothers were then allowed to marry, what would be the reason for not letting a brother and sister get married?

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