Dear Gov Corbett: Time to Support Same-Sex Marriage in PA

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.

George Wallace
Wallace standing against desegregation while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach at the University of Alabama in 1963.

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.

Gallup Poll Same-Sex MarriageYour political future and the future of the Republican party depends on greater INCLUSION, not exclusion, of Americans.

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.

Tom CorbettTo 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!


Capitalism With a Conscience

It’s refreshing and encouraging to know that there are CEOs, companies, and shareholders who are putting greater value on people than they are on money.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO (Source:
Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO (Source:

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has a message for those who oppose gay marriage and who attempt to coerce corporations through threat of economic reprisal to support that kind of discrimination.

Go ahead and sell your shares. The challenge for you is to try to earn better returns elsewhere.

Forbes reported on Friday that this was the message from Schultz at a shareholder meeting this past week.

It was gratifying to read and to watch his response to the question from Tom Strobhar, founder of The
Corporate Morality Action Center, in which Mr. Strobhar challenged Starbuck’s decision last year to support Washington’s state referendum backing gay marriage. Mr. Schultz’s response put another well-deserved, large, and powerfully branded nail in the coffin of the anti-gay marriage movement, and this time it was a free market nail.

Noble sounding organizations aside, we can now add bad economics to the long list of undesirable traits associated with being against gay marriage.

Tom Strobhar,  Founder, Corporate Morality Action Center (Source:
Tom Strobhar, Founder, Corporate Morality Action Center (Source:

All that our gay family, friends, and fellow citizens want is for the rest of us to stay out of their lives and their decisions about whom they love and whom they can marry. The opposition to gay marriage is rooted in the exact same type of prejudice, bigotry, and hatred that we’ve overcome before as a society. We have succeeded in overturning the laws and in stamping out the cultural and religious taboos that once vilified marriages between people of different races, religions, and ethnicity. 

It’s far past the time that we do it again, this time for gay marriage. 

The difference this time is capitalism.

Not every CEO will have the courage to say what Schultz said – and 38% returns can make a person awfully courageous – but growing numbers of gay marriage supporters will easily out-flex their consumer muscles in the coming years. That will put capitalists squarely on the side of gay marriage, and leave Mr. Strobhar and his peculiar brand of economics far behind.

The financial performance of Starbucks proves just how wrong the anti-gay movement is about their assumed economic power. The truth is that they have less and less significance on every level of our society. They are a dwindling minority in their belief that discriminating against gay Americans is not only tolerable but desirable.

When even the cold heart, blind eye, and invisible hand of capitalism starts to tell you that you’re wrong, maybe you need to listen, Mr. Strobhar. You and people like you are simply invited to take your shrinking purchasing power and your investment dollars elsewhere.

You are free in America to believe in discrimination. Just be prepared to accept that those beliefs have less and less significance in our society. Even corporations are telling you quite bluntly and very directly the same thing. The disappearance of your anti-gay dollars had no meaningful impact at Starbucks. You will have even less impact on corporate profitability as our society progresses toward a future in which a smaller and smaller number of Americans will want to discriminate against their family, friends, and neighbors.

The hammer is falling on the last few nails in the coffin of anti-gay hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. It’s music to the ears of the socially conscience and progressive among us. It’s also encouraging to those of us who are capitalists when corporate leaders take a stand and choose to operate with a social conscience.

Starbucks anyone?

Republican senator with gay son now backs gay marriage

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WASHINGTON/CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Senator Rob Portman became the most prominent Republican lawmaker to back gay rights when he reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage on Friday, two years after his…

Greg Russak‘s insight:

Late is better than never.

And, no, Rubio, you are a bigot for opposing same sex marriage. How dare you or anyone else believe you have any authority to tell another human being whom they can marry?

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