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Gay Pa. lawmaker says he’ll introduce same-sex marriage bill

Asks chamber to reprimand colleague for preventing floor remarks on Supreme Court's marriage rulings
Thursday, June 27, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A gay Pennsylvania legislator says he’ll introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriages in his home state.

Brian Sims

Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) said Thursday that this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage shows that it’s time Pennsylvania joined the 12 states that allow gay marriage, including neighbors New York, Delaware and Maryland.

The Philadelphia Democrat says there’s no reason that gay couples shouldn’t enjoy the same rights and benefits as other married couples.

At the close of session Thursday, Sims asked the Legislature to censure an archconservative colleague who prevented him from making floor remarks after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

Sims asked the chamber to reprimand Rep. Daryl Metcalfe because of an interview Metcalfe gave to explain why he exercised his right to prevent those floor remarks. Metcalfe told WHYY-FM that Sims’ comments would have been “open rebellion against God’s law.”

Members have the right under House rules to veto another’s remarks under “unanimous consent.”

House Speaker Sam Smith told Sims the procedure would be through the Ethics Committee or by seeking a resolution. Sims says he plans to pursue it.

In a post-session interview Thursday, Metcalfe stood by his earlier remarks.

In 2012, Sims became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Every other state in the northeastern United States allows same-sex marriage except New Jersey, and it allows civil unions.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. Go Pennsy! And go Brian Sexy Simms too.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:15pm
  2. Let’s do it Pa!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:16pm
  3. Good for him!! We need big leaders with brave hearts to lead change in Penn! The SCOTUS rulings don’t matter at all here, no rights of any kind for LGBT :-(

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:17pm
  4. i hope it happens!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:18pm
  5. E sad mozete da ih prozivate

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:19pm
  6. Im in Pa!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:19pm
  7. He is kinda hot

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:21pm
  8. Yay! My home state! I can’t wait!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:28pm
  9. Bravo, bravo !!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:33pm
  10. Mm. He can count on my vote any day.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:37pm
  11. My future husband!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:39pm
  12. Please do so. I’m in PA.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:40pm
  13. Dont bet on it, Harrisburg is run by corrupt state wrecking republicans that ere behind banning it in the first place. Shame on them all!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:45pm
  14. I’m in Philly…I pray this happens.,I used to work for Brian Sims at Equality Pennsylvania I’m so excited by the supreme court rulings and by Sims trying to bring marriage equality to pa!!! I’m proud to have known him!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:49pm
  15. Kinda?! He freaking sizzles lol

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:49pm
  16. And one by one they follow…… <3

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:56pm
  17. hell yeah… he is…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:56pm
  18. Way to go, Brian Sims! Thank you!! CHOP CHOP PA!! Let’s stop living in the dark ages!!! MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL NOW!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:47pm
  19. He’s handsome as hell!Goodluck Pennsylvania!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:53pm
  20. Agreed!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:54pm
  21. Yes, he’s a sexy bear!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:22pm
  22. go for it!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:23pm
  23. Awesome! From the football field to the capitol, he’s standing up for equality (Y)

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:33pm
  24. i hope he introduces himself to me next

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:34pm