Brian Sims, openly gay Pennsylvania state representative, silenced on DOMA by Republicans citing "God's law"

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:19 PM GMT
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    An openly gay lawmaker was silenced by colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he attempted to speak about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

    State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) took to the House floor on Thursday to discuss the high court's landmark ruling, which found the federal law barring the government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by states to be unconstitutional. However, as WHYY News and Philly.com report, Sims' remarks were blocked by several state lawmakers using a procedural maneuver.

    One of those lawmakers, conservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), told WHYY that he believed Sims' comments would be a violation of "God's law."

    "I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law," Metcalfe said.

    Two other Democrats attempted to speak in support of Sims, but they too were blocked.

    Sims, who entered office in January, is the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the state legislature.

    On Thursday, Sims and fellow Democratic Rep. Steve McCarter vowed to introduce a measure in the state House allowing same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
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    Jun 29, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daryl_Metcalfe

    Metcalfe is the House's most well known anti-gay member. He opposed Philadelphia's program to market the city to gay tourists. He tried to cut state funding to universities that offer domestic partner benefits. He sued a gay New Hope couple for attempting to get a marriage license In September 2009, Metcalfe held up a Pennsylvania State Assembly resolution declaring October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month". Metcalfe claimed that the bill "had language in it that brought men into the situation", citing this as evidence of a homosexual agenda.[6] This met with criticism from Rep. Babette Josephs who said "The gentleman from Butler has made this problem even worse and more men may be abused, even killed in their homes," on the House floor in 2009.[5]

    In 2011, House Bill 1434 was introduced by Daryl Metcalfe along with 36 cosponsors on May 3, 2011.[7] It was referred to the Committee of State Government. The bill would amend the state constitutional stating to ban same-sex marriage and any substantial equivalent.[8] On March 13, 2012, a committee vote on the bill was stopped.[9] In 2013, Daryl Metcalfe reintroduced the bill with 27 cosponsors on May 7, 2013, which is the lowest number of cosponsors the bill had been introduced with.[10]


    Metcalfe along with other Republicans are with contact with alleged white supremacists. He is also the founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI),[11] an organization opposed to birthright citizenship.[12] The State Lawmakers for Legal Immigration works closely with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigrant organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group. FAIR has, among other things, received extensive funding from the white supremacist Pioneer Fund, and group leaders like founder John Tanton have made numerous racist statements, such as a 1993 letter stating that "for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that."

    Metcalfe has also spoken alongside Dan Smeriglio, an ally in Pennsylvania's anti-immigrant movement and alleged white supremacist, including at a 2007 rally organized by Smeriglio's Voice of The People USA organization. Metcalfe even spoke at a June 2010 rally in Phoenix organized by Smeriglio to support the state's harsh new anti-immigrant law — a rally that even anti-immigrant leader William Gheen boycotted as a result of Smeriglio's white power ties. [5]
  • tazzari

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    Watch the radical GOP paint itself into ever smaller corners... The revolt against entrenched right-wing we're seeing in Texas is the future.
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    Jun 29, 2013 4:57 PM GMT


    ""I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law," Metcalfe said. "

    Omg...the fool has just invoked religion running government, which opens the door to the Quran and shariah law. The idiot, 'freedom of religion' means freedom for all religions, not cherry picked versions of christianity.

    Be careful what you're wishing for Mr Metcalfe!!

    =O
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    Every state legislature should have one person like him as a member. That's exactly the animus against us that we need to point to in challenging anti-gay laws in court. Spouting that kind of stuff on the house or senate floor in particular when anti-gay bills are discussed is just about the best that can happen to have them invalidated by the courts under what is known as animus jurisprudence.
  • Kazachok

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    Funy, I thought they were supposed to cite the Constitution.
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Sims, Sims, Sims... You are a beautiful man. But, Win the battle for gay marriage in PA, then grind on Daryl Metcalfe's face.

    Not the other way around...


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    Jun 29, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Um....Separation of Church and State?
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    ""I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law," Metcalfe said. "

    Omg...the fool has just invoked religion running government, which opens the door to the Quran and shariah law. The idiot, 'freedom of religion' means freedom for all religions, not cherry picked versions of christianity.

    Be careful what you're wishing for Mr Metcalfe!!

    Indeed, there are Christian sects that accept homosexuality, as being acceptable under "God's law".

    So is the US to be governed by only CERTAIN Christian sects, that believe only CERTAIN things? Are other Christian sects, and Jews, and others, to be excluded from our country? That is what Metcalf implies.
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    Jun 30, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
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    Jul 01, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    meninlove said

    ""I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law," Metcalfe said. "

    Omg...the fool has just invoked religion running government, which opens the door to the Quran and shariah law. The idiot, 'freedom of religion' means freedom for all religions, not cherry picked versions of christianity.

    Be careful what you're wishing for Mr Metcalfe!!

    =O


    God? Nice try. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania calls the shots. And that Brian Sims is ONE HOT PIECE OF ASS!!! icon_wink.gif

    Move over dinosaur, good ole' boy Metcalfe, for the times they are a changing.....icon_biggrin.gif

    P.S. Sims has asked the House of Representatives to censure Metcalfe who prevented him from making remarks about the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.