Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on
Tuesday endorsed a bill which seeks to prohibit discrimination based
on sexual orientation in the areas of employment, housing and public
Corbett told The
Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill.
“I've had people come and talk to me
about how they were discriminated against,” Corbett said. “The
federal government has anti-discrimination laws. I believed they
Corbett, a former state attorney
general and a Republican, said that he was unaware that
discrimination based on sexual orientation was not prohibited by
The 64-year-old Corbett earlier this
year sued to block a county clerk from issuing additional marriage
licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Corbett's office is also
defending the state's marriage laws in several legal challenges.
Ted Martin, executive director of
Equality Pennsylvania, called Corbett's endorsement “remarkably big
“His leadership will move the issue
forward in a way that is long overdue,” Martin told the paper.
The non-discrimination bills introduced
in both houses earlier this year have failed to clear their
Corbett apologized in October after he
compared same-sex marriage to incest.
Tom Corbett apologizes for comparing gay marriage to incest.)
In discussing his endorsement with The
Inquirer, Corbett reiterated his opposition to marriage equality.