Legislative advocates for gay rights are urging Gov. Tom Corbett to follow the lead of his New Jersey counterpart, Chris Christie, and drop his challenge to same-sex marriage.

Pa. Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrats from the Philadelphia region who are sponsoring a gay-marriage bill, issued a statement Monday within hours of Christie's announcement that he was dropping his court challenge to New Jersey's law.

Corbett has publicly opposed gay marriage, and he's a defendant in a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's gay-marriage ban.

Spokesman Jay Pagni noted that, unlike New Jersey's situation, no legal challenge has reached Pennsylvania's supreme court.

Sims and McCarter also noted that Pennsylvania lacks basic protections against discrimination against gays in housing, employment and public accommodation.