State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Civil Rights

Katie McGinty: It is past time to close the pay gap

As a working mom of three teenage girls, I know how important it is to give women the tools they need to get ahead. It is past time to close the pay gap. In Pennsylvania, women still make 79 cents for every dollar made by a man in a similar job, and struggle to climb the ladder if they take time off to raise a family. As Senator, I will work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and fight for paid family leave because no one should have to choose between taking care of a loved one and keeping their job.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2016

John Fetterman: Women only makes 78 cents for every dollar a man makes

It is incomprehensible that for every dollar a man makes, a woman only makes 78 cents. The inequality is even more astounding among minorities, with African American women only making 64 cents on the dollar and Hispanic or Latina women making just 53 cents. There is no logical explanation as to why women should earn less than men.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website Apr 1, 2016

John Fetterman: Officiated at one of the first same-sex marriages in PA

When Pennsylvania lawmakers continued to push outdated discriminatory policies banning marriage equality, Mayor John stood up and officiated one of the first same-sex marriages in the commonwealth.

Mayor John was re-elected in 2009 by a 2-1 margin, and again in 2013 by an 8-1 margin, and now serves in his 3rd term as mayor.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website Sep 22, 2015

Brendan Boyle: Ensure women receive equal pay for equal work

I am a strong advocate for the Lily Ledbetter Act. We must enforce and strengthen laws that ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. No worker should ever receive a lower salary because of her gender.
Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Brendan Boyle: Opposed DADT and DOMA; now supports ENDA

I supported the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I was pleased when the Supreme Court ruled DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional. I think all people should be treated the same. I will also support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress. No one deserves to be fired because of his or her sexual orientation.
Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Tom Wolf: Recognize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

All four Democratic candidates would sign legislation to recognize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of housing, employment and public accommodation.
Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

Tom Corbett: OpEd: Corbett knew federal LGBT laws; OK to change mind

I don't want to call Gov. Tom Corbett a liar. So let's just say that he strained credulity with his explanation for why he suddenly came out in favor of an anti-discrimination law to protect gays and lesbians. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, said he was "coming out in support" of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination.

Corbett, remember, was Pennsylvania's attorney general. Twice. The attorney general's job is to be the chief law enforcement officer in the state. That means a general understanding of federal law, because sometimes state & federal laws overlap; sometimes they don't. And during Corbett's time as attorney general, there were two major pieces of federal legislation in force regarding gay rights: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act.

It would be nice if a politician more often just told us: "I changed my mind." A willingness to bend to new evidence might be a bold show of leadership.

Source: Philadephia Magazine AdWatch 2014 Pennsylvania Governor race Dec 20, 2013

Tom Corbett: Supports anti-LGBT-discrimination bill, but not gay marriage

For more than a decade, bills that would make it illegal to discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender citizens in the workplace, housing and other aspects of Pennsylvania society have languished in the Legislature. But the most recent adaptation of the bipartisan anti-discrimination bills got a boost of support from a seemingly unlikely conservative source: Gov. Tom Corbett.

"If that bill comes to my desk, I'll sign it," Corbett said; he decided to support the bills after recently learning federal laws do not protect Pennsylvania's LGBT community from discrimination. "In the last few months in discussions it was made clear to me the federal law did not cover them," said Corbett.

"It doesn't change my position on the issue of marriage or Pennsylvania's law on that," Corbett said. "But when it comes to discrimination in the workplace and employment and housing and other accommodations, I don't think there should be discrimination."

Source: The Morning Call on 2014 Pennsylvania Governor race Dec 18, 2013

Tom Corbett: Apologies for comparing gay marriage to incest

The public should not be surprised by Corbett's support of the bills outlawing discrimination based on sexual preference, said a Corbett strategist. Corbett does not tolerate discrimination, said the strategist, citing how the governor forced Richard Allen out of his role as secretary of the Conservation and Natural Resources Department for using a racial reference in an email to his wife, also a state employee. "He has never tolerated any form of discrimination or insensitivity," said the strategist.

In October, Corbett issued public apologies after comparing gay marriage to a union between brother and sister during a television interview. Now Corbett is looking for middle ground by taking a public stance in support of the bills and holding the line on the gay marriage ban, said another pundit.

Source: The Morning Call on 2014 Pennsylvania Governor race Dec 18, 2013

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