Pennsylvania’s first elected openly-gay lawmaker went on MSNBC’s “Hardball” last night to talk about the win for same-sex marriage in his home state. Rep. Brian Sims was too modest to mention that he is up for re-election, but we can report happily that he won his primary last night.
The segment included a great overview from NBC News’ Pete Williams about yesterday’s Pennsylvania marriage decision, and marriage sweeping the nation. Noting that the Supreme Court doesn’t have to take a same-sex marriage case, Williams estimates that a same-sex marriage case will make it to the Supreme Court next year or the year after that, “at the earliest.”
(Matthews almost probed if the marriage bans had led to same-sex marriage happening owner — an interesting question and one on which it would have been great to hear Williams’ take.)
Ted Boutrous, who is Prop 8 challenging attorney Ted Olson’s law partner, talked about the “tsunami” of marriage that is taking the country. Speaking about last year’s DOMA and Prop 8 cases before the Supreme Curt, Boutrous noted that “every judge that has looked at a marriage restriction since those decisions has struck them down. It’s really incredible.”
Boutrous agreed that same-sex marriage will “get to the Supreme Court very quickly.”
Rep. Sims, while sharing his excitement about yesterdays marriage ruling, rightly made an excellent point — one that he has championed many times before. “We’re a state that lacks even the most basic protections for LGBT people.” His campaign website even before yesterday noted that a same-sex couple legally married in another state can be fired in Pennsylvania for having their spouse’s photo on their desk at work.
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