Openly gay Democratic Pennsylvania State Representative (and badass LGBT equality advocate) Brian Sims dialed up the righteous anger yesterday at a press conference in Harrisburg alongside faith leaders, business leaders, and LGBT advocates.
Sims is upset about House Bill 300, a measure that would end anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in the Keystone State. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania's Republican governor, backs the bill, as does the business community, the faith community, and literally dozens of co-sponsors from both parties -- more than any other piece of legislation Sims has ever voted on, he says.
Yet the bill, which would almost certainly pass overwhelmingly, is currently stalled in the House State Government Committee. That's because the committee is chaired by GOP State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an evangelical Christian and the most virulently anti-gay member of the Pennsylvania House.
Metcalfe is personally blocking H.B. 300 from moving forward, and Sims is furious about it:
"Who [H.B. 300 is] not supported by is really one person whose individual, personal ideology and his interpretation of his faith is keeping this bill from becoming law. That makes no sense to me in a government in the United States that one person's interpretation of their own faith is keeping a bill that is supported by a majority of Pennsylvanians, a majority of businesses, a majority of faith leaders, a majority of my colleagues, from becoming law."
Watch, after the jump.