Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Comes Out in Support of LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett today came out in support of an LGBT non-discrimination bill pending in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

CorbettCorbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was "coming out in support" of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state.

"I've had people come and talk to me about how they were discriminated against," said Corbett, who served for eight years as the state's attorney general. "The federal government has antidiscrimination laws. I believed they covered it."

Corbett's support of legislation that has languished in the General Assembly for a decade is viewed by many advocates as a major step forward on a civil rights issue.

"This is remarkably big news," said Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, a statewide gay rights advocacy group. "His leadership will move the issue forward in a way that is long overdue."

As you may recall, in October Corbett made headlines when he compared gay marriage to incest.


  1. patrick says

    Good news, but it still remains very unfortunate that in his pea brain marriage is not a civil right. Cognitive disconnect, table for one.

  2. JCTSF says

    Indeed. The attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania didn’t understand federal antidiscrimination law? Pathetic …

  3. Stefan says

    While this is likely due to the fact that he faces dim prospects at re-election next year, it’s still a welcome step.

  4. Bob says

    I find it rather disingenuous that as the AG he wasn’t aware that current federal law allowed discrimination in the state. And while he is obviously trying to bolster his approval numbers outside his narrow base this is a relatively safe move since the bill will most probably never see the light of day when Metcalfe controls the movement of the legislation. It will however be fun to see Diane Granley’s (AFA of PA) head explode over this.

  5. jomicur says

    @ Stefan: You’re absolutely right. He’s tanking more and more with each new poll that’s released, but he still wants to be re-elected. At this point he’d sell his mother to the Patagonians for a few votes. But this is good none the less. Let’s hope we can capitalize on it while the iron is hot, so to speak.

  6. andrew says

    AG for 8 years and he didn’t understand the law. I know that he is a dim bulb, but had no idea he is that incompetent.

  7. walter says

    his push to the left just in time for next years election , but like christie right back to the arch conservative after the election .

  8. GK says

    This guy has an election coming up and he is polling as one of the least popular and “most vulnerable” sitting governors in the country. He is just trying to gain votes. I’m a Pennsylvanian and he will not have my vote. He doomed himself right from the start by not having gone after Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile when he had the chance because of his political ambitions. There cannot be too many PennStaters in this state who would give him their vote.