This Wednesday, an openly gay member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was shut down in the middle of a speech commemorating the SCOTUS ruling on DOMA — because he was in violation of God’s law, according to a GOP lawmaker.
Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) was interrupted by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe during the speech praising the landmark rulings, by way of a procedural maneuver that’s not too commonly used.
“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 of God’s law,” Metcalfe explained.
However, Sims fought back against Metcalfe’s attempts to censor him, and this Thursday introduced legislation to provide civil marriage equality for same-sex couples in Pennsylvania.
“After Wednesday’s decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, it is past time for Pennsylvania to join the 12 states — soon to be 13 states because of California — and the District of Columbia that already provide this basic measure of equality and dignity to their residents,” Sims said in a statement.
On his Facebook page, Sims went on to show the appreciation for all the support he’s received:
This evening I took the podium to ask that my colleague, PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, be admonished for his embarrassing behaviour both on the House Floor, and in subsequent interviews throughout the day. Without asking, I was joined at the podium by the whole of the Democratic Caucus, and I’m certain there were several Republican members who stood with me in solidarity as well.