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Governor who compared gay marriage to incest supports bill making it illegal to discriminate against LGBTI people

Republican Tom Corbett is facing tough reelection fight in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has surprised many by speaking out in support of an LGBTI anti-discrimination bill.

It wasn't too long ago that Corbett was comparing gay marriage to incest.

A Republican, Corbett has stuck to the party line when it comes to social issues. But he is running for reelection and a poll released today (18 December) showed that 56 percent of those surveyed do not believe he deserves a second term.

Corbett seems to be making some immediate shifts to the political middle.

He is now saying he would be in support of proposed legislation in his state that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Corbett said his change of heart came after he realized such protections are not already covered by federal law, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

'I've had people come and talk to me about how they were discriminated against,' Corbett said. 'The federal government has anti-discrimination laws. I believed they covered it.'

But that doesn't mean Corbett has changed his position against gay marriage which in October the governor compared to incest.

'My position hasn't changed' on gay marriage, he tells the Inquirer. 'I understand other people's positions. I believe marriage is one man and one woman.'

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