Yesterday, Tom, who is a vocal proponent of marriage equality and LGBT rights, joined Representative Brian Sims at the Philadelphia Pride Day Parade and Festival where they celebrated with thousands of people.
Tom addressed the parade and visited with people at the festival because he believes that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be treated equally under the law.
At his company, Tom promotes diversity and equality while treating all of his workers fairly. This includes extending benefits to same-sex partners and paying all workers living wages.
As governor, Tom will work to enact a Pennsylvania Anti-Discrimination Act to make sexual orientation and gender identity and expression a protected class, and yesterday he talked with Equality Pennsylvania and signed their petition to promote this policy.
Tom embodies these strongly held beliefs because he imagines a Pennsylvania fashioned as William Penn intended – a commonwealth that values fairness and equality for all its residents.
A few weeks ago, Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional and the Judge who presided over the case wrote, "In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage. We are better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."
The day the ruling came down, Tom told the people of Pennsylvania that the decision was a victory for equality, a victory for inclusion, and a good day for all Pennsylvanians.
It's pretty simple: Pennsylvania should be a state that is open and inclusive to everyone, and if there are fundamental rights that all members of our society deserve, fairness and equality are those rights.
As governor, Tom will work to give all Pennsylvanians equal opportunity for jobs, economic security, and happiness regardless of who they love.