Rep. Brian Sims
Pennsylvania Sate Rep. Brian Sims rose during Thursday’s session to request the legislature censure fellow representative Daryl Metcalfe, (photo right) for statements he made to WHYY, after Wednesday’s contentious House session. Rep. Metcalfe used a procedural maneuver to keep Rep. Sims, who is openly gay, from addressing the House after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. After the House session, Metcalfe made this statement to WHYY:
“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.”
Thursday evening, saying he felt his character had been questioned, Brian asked the legislature to censure Metcalfe saying:
“It is my understanding of the rules of this body that I could never call another member a bigot a homophobe or a racist, nor would I, but I do ask that this body recognize that the language used against me as a member does not live up to the standards set by this body.”
The House determined that it could not censure Metcalfe for comments made elsewhere, but House Speaker Sam Smith told Sims he could lodge a complaint with the Ethics Committee, or seek a House resolution condemning Metcalfe. Rep. Sims indicated he did not intend to pursue the matter further.
You can watch Rep. Sims address the legislature Below:
Pennsylvania’s first openly gay lawmaker, Republican Mike Fleck, criticized Metcalfe’s treatment of Brian Sims stating for the record: “I, like many of my Republican colleagues, was infuriated. I think we should be able to speak on any issue. If you don’t like it, you can get up and leave.” Asked if Metcalfe deserved to be reprimanded, Rep Fleck replied, “I think Representative Metcalfe would love to be censured. I mean he would love the national press. I mean quite frankly that’s how he raises money by exploiting an issue and saying, ‘Oh look they’re coming after me. Send me five bucks.’ So you know I seriously don’t blame representative Sims for wanting due recourse and all this but I just don’t know what is gained throughout the whole thing.”
Brian Sims photo is from Facebook
Daryl Metcalfe’s photo is from his Twitter account.
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