As the gubernatorial race heats up, some have wondered if Tom Corbett is moving to the political center to appeal to a wider base. But until Tom Corbett changes his position on a number of topics, we’re putting him in the far right on the political spectrum.
As we approach the second anniversary of Tom Corbett’s “close your eyes” comments, we’d like to remind everyone why right wing Tom Corbett is wrong for Pennsylvania.
Tom Corbett: According to Tom Corbett’s 2010 campaign website, “Tom Corbett supports the Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment Act, which defines marriage as that between a man and a woman.” [Tom Corbett For Governor Website FAQ]
Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage
Tom Corbett: Asked, “What is your position on amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman?,” Tom Corbett, answered “Support - Constitutional amendment would help safeguard marriage against an alternative agenda.”[Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Questionnaire]
Comparing Gay Marriage To Incest
“Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show. The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally marry in the state. ‘It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,’ Corbett said. ‘I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?’” [Associated Press, 10/4/13]
Comparing Same-Sex Marriage To Marriage Between Children
“”The Corbett administration said its lawsuit seeking to halt same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County ‘would have no direct effect”’ on the couples who have already received them. In a brief Wednesday, state attorneys said those marriage licenses were never valid, and compared gay and lesbian couples to ‘12-year-olds’ who are also barred from marrying under state law.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/28/13]
“Gov. Tom Corbett made off-the-cuff remarks about a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, and he’s drawing national attention and criticism. Corbett indicated that he supports the proposal so long as the procedure is not intrusive. He was asked Tuesday if the provision to have a woman view an ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion went too far.’I don’t know how you make anybody watch,’ he said before clearing his throat, appearing somewhat uncomfortable. ‘You just have to close your eyes….as long as it’s on the exterior, not interior.’” [Patriot-News, 3/15/12]
Birth Control Coverage
Tom Corbett: Asked “What is your position on legislation requiring employers to provide employee benefits to which they are morally opposed, for example, mandating coverage for contraceptives or benefits to same-sex partners of employees?,” Corbett answered, “I oppose mandates contrary to the moral conscience of employers.” [Archdiocese of Philadelphia Questionnaire]