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Legislator Blocks Openly Gay Colleague From Speaking About DOMA, Cites 'God's Law'


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Kit
- 375 days ago - thinkprogress.org
Other Republican members of the legislature reportedly apologized to Sims -- who was the first lawmaker in the state to be elected while openly gay.



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Kit B. (277)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:33 am
Photo Credit: Facebook - Rep. Brian Sims


Openly gay Pennsylvania state Representative Brian Sims (D) planned to speak on the legislature floor on Wednesday about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act — but he was blocked from talking by a Republican colleague who said his comments would be “open rebellion against God’s law.” Now, Sims is asking for a reprimand of his Republican colleague.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R), who is known for his inflammatory remarks, also blocked two of Sim’s colleagues who wanted to speak about DOMA, and openly admitted that his religious beliefs compelled him not to let Sims speak:


“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,” said Metcalfe, R-Butler.

Other Republican members of the legislature reportedly apologized to Sims — who was the first lawmaker in the state to be elected while openly gay.

A reprimand vote in the legislature would be largely symbolic, but Sims believes it’s needed to show that Metcalfe’s colleagues have no confidence in “a guy who hates women, he hates gay people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants,” as Sims puts it.

Earlier this week, Sims introduced a marriage equality bill that would give full equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples in Pennsylvania. While Metcalfe might be set in his opinions about LGBT couples, Sims is capable of moving his state’s legislature forward. As a recent study pointed out, “the presence of even a small number of openly gay legislators is associated significantly with the future passage of enhanced gay rights.”
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By: Annie-Rose Strasser | Think Progress |


 

Arielle S. (314)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:36 am
Jeez o pete, I am so weary of the holier-than-thou, pseudo-Christians trying to squash anybody and anything that doesn't fit in their teeny tiny world. If you don't want to marry someone of your sex, don't.... it's that simple.
 

JL A. (274)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:26 am
Kudos to Sims and I agree a reprimand is in order--and then some...any room for a recall?
 

tasunka m. (335)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:22 am
And "god", in all it's (no gender or race) mercy.
Just hates people who happen to love another, no gender requirements
Ty kit,...a little satire is good for the upheaval of those blinded by religion.
 

Gene Jacobson (241)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:00 am
"“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,” said Metcalfe, R-Butler."

Well, unless Mr. Metcalfe can show God's signature on a ballot in HIS district, then I don't believe he can claim Her as a constituent. And I also believe that blowhard has violated his oath of office which is, I would surmise, to uphold the laws of the State of Pennsylvania and the United States of America - neither of which have anything to do with bible. He might also be guilty of witchcraft or something like it given that he professes to be clairvoyant as well. Fool, damn fools and politicians. The three lowest forms of plant life on the planet...
 

Gene Jacobson (241)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:02 am
Just so you know, Kit and Arielle too. "You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day."
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:28 am

This is exactly the behavior that has people dropping any religious affiliation.


 

Arielle S. (314)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:40 pm
"Well, unless Mr. Metcalfe can show God's signature on a ballot in HIS district, then I don't believe he can claim Her as a constituent. " And just so you know, Gene, I can't send you another star yet either.... or Kit. But I sure do thank the powers that be that there are people like you out there....
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:55 pm
Yep..."fools rush in " and so it goes with Metcalfe .

All those who promote the Christian Taliban such as Metcalfe, who hold public office should be sent 'packing' a.s.a.p.

Extremism...is never a good for a society ...as Metcalfe clearly exemplifies.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:10 pm

We have so much extremism in our society today, that it is difficult to find the middle road.
 

David C. (29)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:45 pm
Other Republican members of the legislature reportedly apologized to Sims, can I say thank you to them.
 

jan b. (3)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:02 pm
TO use religion as an excuse to control what other people believe is just what is happening in this country. I may not believe that same sex couples should use the term marriage for their particular union but I'm not going to protest, get all bent out of shape about it and maybe some of these people who object ought to find something else more important to stew about.
 

Dave C. (209)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:30 pm
always amazes me how the GOP knows and "follows" G-d except when it comes to helping people.......
 

Joe R. (187)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:51 pm
OMG!!!!
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:21 pm
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R), “a guy who hates women, he hates gay people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants,” .

Now how did Daryl Metcalfe (R) get elcted in the first place...?

Ty, Kit.
.
 

Beth M. (46)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:31 pm
....The bible states...do not judge your brother as you have no idea of where he has been...why he has been there or what my(Gods) plan for him is...So who ever spouts such rubbish is shown to a xtian who has no understanding of what he practices..preaches..or reads....so yet another fraud....many folks disguise them selves as Christ followers ..x
 

pam w. (191)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:37 pm
If I hear ONE MORE mealy-mouthed bible banger babbling about his/her "GAWD'S LAW".....I'll BITE them!

This is NOT the United States of Christ!

I don't give a rat's bum WHAT their "GAWD" says....it's NOT the law of my land and I will NOT allow them to try imposing it on my fellow citizens!

To anyone who might agree with this fool, I say SHAME ON YOU!
 

Arielle S. (314)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:42 pm
Go, Pam!
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:17 pm

I sure wish I could send you another star today, Pam.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:26 pm
Add me to those disgusted of the Xtian Taliban. They are a side-show in a traveling circus. I'm waiting for the day when one of them starts rolling around on the floor of one of these state legislatures and moaning and mumbling about god. Hope they're removed in a strait jacket.
 

Laurie H. (687)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:55 pm
Pam----stated all PERFECTLY---Lots of shame/stupidity going around the bend. Religion has been at the root of so much hate & condemnation.Mr, Metcalfe----move over & you can be easily replaced. Great article Kit & attached comments.~~~
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:03 pm
What the HELL about the Separation of Church and State?????
 

Deb E. (62)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:08 pm
Ditto Ravenna and Pam .... We need to get some Federal laws on the books that throw these people out if their decisions are being based on bible reading or religious beliefs at all. They are not there to represent God or anyone else but ALL the people who live in their districts. I am just so sick of hearing this kind of BS
 

Helen Porter (41)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:34 pm
The problem with Chriistians, according to my observations, is they learn to not think for themselves.

They certainly do not follow the teachings of Jesus who said, JUDGE NOT for with what judgement ye judge ye shall be judged. He condemned only the Power Money church people. He took up a whip and drove them out of the temple. What an activist.

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. You can bet that those who are the loudest against "gay" are the ones who are engaging in the same activity, or who sure want to!

It is a psychological tenant that the faults we find in others are the faults that are in ourselves.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:51 am

Noted,,,,Tweeted
 

Mitchell D. (127)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:23 am
More insane imbecility from Pennsylvania! From the bowels of unthinking bovine brained sheep, blindly following western mythology, and claiming to "Know!" the law(s) of a postulated magical, fairy tale being!
 

James Maynard (64)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:34 am
Mr. Metcalf should be reprimanded at the least,
and asked to resign at best.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:45 pm
Noted.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:45 pm
How did he block someone from speaking? Was he like the chairman (reminds me of chairman Mao) who refused to acknowlege Sims on the floor?
Was he psychic that he knew exactly what Sims was going to say? (Usually that's what way too long married people complain about one another.."I know what he/she is going to say-again and again).
Could be Metcalf is merely jealous because Sims is a real hottie (coming from a straight woman's point of view). Could also be jealous because Sims is young and will most likely live a long, long time and get to see gays being openly accepted by mainstream and even gay hatin' Xitians in his lifetime, and Metcalf will be a disicated old pile of bones in a pinebox.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
Free speech applies to ALL, like it or not, same or different. How will we ever understand each other if we don't listen and talk. Diversity doesn't have to mean division. In essence, we're more alike than different.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:26 pm
Metcalfe should be reprimanded. Hiding behind 'God's law' is an excuse. He had no right to ban Sims from speaking.
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:49 pm
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe needs to be voted out. He has the right to practice his own personal beliefs in private but when he speaks in his elected position he has to realize he is representing all of those in his jurisdiction and they may be gay, minority, Hindu, atheist, and most certainly are women. Christianity isn't everyone's belief system and most times they take the Bible and twist it around to suit their own twisted ways of thinking.

I know more people who are running from the Christian faith as they don't want to be affiliated anymore with it for people thinking it might be the way they think. These American Taliban have done more to hurt themselves and certainly others in this holier than thou crap they spew out. Give me an open minded gay atheist any day of the week than some narrow minded bigoted racist arrogant pompous fool.
 

Phil P. (88)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:22 pm
Why wasn't this asshole shouted down for his violation of the Constitution? Shame on the PA legislation.
 

Charlie Rush (43)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:07 pm
As Horace Vandergelder, played by Walter Matthau, said in 'Hello Dolly' ~

'THE WORLD IS FULL OF FOOLS AND THE REST OF US ARE IN GREAT FEAR OF CONTAMINATION.'

Most of us know, that we can't be contaminated, but, unfortunately, there are those who can ~ that is, be contaminated further into extreme lunacy.
Without a doubt, we can put Rep. Metcalfe in this category.
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 9:20 pm
Resigning would be lovely, "and don't let the First Amendment hit you in the ass on the way out." I know, never happen, but obviously he wouldn't recognize the First Amendment in his face, but maybe where his brains are?
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 6:43 am
Once again a member of the Christian Taliban of America is allowed to act on the assumption that the Constitutional right to Freedom of Religion and the exercise thereof apples only to the Christian Taliban of America and no one else.
 

Dawn Barler (4)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:03 am
Please sign this Petition especially if you are from PA. Thanks http://www.care2.com/news/member/775377582/3605955
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:31 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Rep. Metcalfe said: "Open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law.”

When does he get to speak to what God is saying? I'm not a Christian but I've read from others who claim they are that there is nothing in the Bible that states this fact concerning homosexuality. Besides, didn't the Creator that made Rep. Metcalfe also make Representative Brian Sims? If God is all powerful and perfect then why would Rep. Metcalfe think that a mistake was done.

Also where is the separation of Church and State? Why is this being allowed to take place. I'm sick and tired of "some" people feeling that their religion and their way is the ONLY way. We do not live in a Theocracy, is why this was placed in, separation of Church and State. Rep. Metcalfe and others who are using their own personal religion to get their way or silence others in the Government need to step down.
 
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