Dear Governor Corbett:
Please support the rights of all gay citizens in Pennsylvania to equal treatment under the law by supporting same-sex marriage.
I realize this isn’t a simple or straightforward idea for you and your party; however, I respectfully suggest you consider this simple fact: your failure to do so will ensure your place on the wrong side of history.
No one remembers that Governor George Wallace eventually renounced segregation. He’s remembered only as a racist segregationist standing in a doorway. Politicians today who oppose gay marriage will suffer the same judgment, now and for all time.
You know, just as we all do, that same-sex marriage is a long-overdue civil rights issue. The tide has already turned. You cannot fight it or hold it back. No one can, and there is no going back, either. That’s as it should be.
Now is the time to do the right thing, and not only because it’s the right thing to support equality for all citizens but because, as I know you know as a politician, same-sex marriage has the support of a majority of Americans, including Independent voters.
It would also be a horrible travesty for Pennsylvania – the state where freedom, liberty, and democracy began – to now be among the laggards in adopting legislation that gives every citizen the freedom to marry whomever they wish and to have that union recognized by the state as equal to any other marriage.
It’s worth repeating. If you oppose gay marriage, history will be unkind to you. You will only be remembered for standing in the metaphorical doorway in opposition to equality. You will only be remembered for wanting to treat certain Pennsylvanians as second class citizens.
Please don’t let that be your legacy. Please be a leader who stands up against the vocal minority of extremist and bigoted voices in your party. Please add your vocal and unequivocal support to any legislative effort meant to ensure equality for every marriage in Pennsylvania.
Now is the time for you and our legislators to join ranks with California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Please lead Pennsylvania to the right – not the “Right” – side of history. Thank you in advance for doing so by adding your support for same-sex marriage legislation.
To my fellow Pennsylvanians, please add your name and send your message to your district rep and senator in support of same-sex marriage at Support Marriage Equality in PA, an effort being led by Keystone Equality.
Please also feel free to copy and paste the text of this post into your personal message to Governor Corbett at his web site. Sadly, and according to Keystone Equality, Governor Corbett, “…will not accept email messages unless they are sent using this web form.”
Thanks for being on the right side of history!