Mixed reaction to Corbett’s stance on LGBT discrimination bill

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Governor Tom Corbett is firmly against gay marriage, but he now says he would support legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Corbett said Wednesday he would support a bill that bans LGBT discrimination in the workplace, in housing and in public accommodations.

But state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe opposes the bill and says people aren't aware of what it would do.

“This legislation would open the door for your wife or your daughter or your mother to be in a locker room or a public restroom and have a man come in that's self-identified as a woman that day,” Metcalfe said.

The gay rights group Equality PA commended the governor for his support of the bill.  Executive Director Ted Martin issued a statement which read in part, “Discrimination against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people is real in 2013 and it must be stopped. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that everyone should have equal opportunity and a level playing field. Thank you, Governor Corbett, for calling out discrimination in all its forms.”

Metcalfe thinks the governor is changing stances to win some votes.

“This seems like just another shift to the left for a governor who's hoping political maneuvers can save his low poll numbers,” he said.

 

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