Sims is the first open sodomite in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
|The Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA.|
Photograph © Paul Hair, 2011.
The Associated Press reported the following:
Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, asked the chamber to reprimand Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, at the close of session because of an interview Metcalfe gave to explain why he exercised his right to prevent him from speaking on the topic during session.
“His comments did not live up to the standards set by this body,” Sims said on the floor. . . .
“For me to allow him to say things that I believe are open rebellion against God are for me to participate in his open rebellion,” Metcalfe told the AP. “There’s no free speech on the floor.”
Members have the right under House rules to veto another’s remarks under “unanimous consent,” and when Sims got up to speak on Wednesday, Metcalfe and at least one other representative withdrew their consent. He spoke on the floor Thursday under a different rule, “point of personal privilege.” . . .
“This is a guy who hates women, he hates gay people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants,” Sims said.Based on the reporting by The Associated Press, Metcalfe followed the rules and exercised his rights appropriately.
Furthermore, the preamble to the Pennsylvania Constitution specifically states:
WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.Later, the Pennsylvania Constitution states:
No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.Metcalfe appears to have followed the General Assembly rules. He also is in complete compliance with the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Nonetheless, most of Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania officials probably disagree with Metcalfe and what he said. Those who agree with Metcalfe likely will lack the fortitude to support him publicly. Metcalfe may even succumb to pressure and apologize.
One of two things likely will happen: the Pennsylvania legislature will either side with Sims and somehow punish Metcalfe, or it will attempt to ignore the issue and hope it goes away, giving Sims whatever help he needs in getting a bill introduced into the legislature to legalize sodomite-based marriage in Pennsylvania (which Sims plans to do).
There is almost no chance that anyone will hold Sims accountable for saying that Metcalfe, “. . . hates women, he hates gay people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants.”
The long-term consequences of this incident for Sims and Metcalfe are uncertain. Time will tell how it will affect their political careers.