John M. Becker

Brian Sims Gets Angry About Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed By John M. Becker | June 17, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: anti-discrimination law, Brian Sims, Daryl Metcalfe, employment discrimination, evangelicals, H.B. 300, nondiscrimination law, Pennsylvania, religion-based bigotry

brian-sims-gets-angry.pngOpenly 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.

To give you an idea of the depths of Rep. Metcalfe's disgusting bigotry, last year he personally blocked Rep. Sims from speaking on the House floor in support of the Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down the heart of DOMA. Why? Because Jesus, of course. From CBS Pittsburgh:

Metcalfe says his religious views against gay marriage compelled him to [silence Sims].

"His talking about that on the House floor would have been an open rebellion against Almighty God and God's word, against God's law. And as a Christian, if I would have sat there and been silent, it would have violated my conscience because of my beliefs as a Christian," Metcalfe told Jon Delano...

Metcalfe says his Christian religion helps all. "I'm a Christian. Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties," Metcalfe adds.

Apparently, though, Rep. Metcalfe's definitions of "love" and "liberty" don't include LGBT people's right to live, work, and transact business in the public marketplace without discrimination. Convenient, isn't it?

For his part, Sims and his colleagues are undeterred. "This bill needs to become law in Pennsylvania," he says. "It's going to happen sooner or later, certainly -- it needs to be much sooner... We're working our tails off, and if we do this right, by the end of the summer LGBT people in Pennsylvania won't be discriminated against anymore."

Fingers crossed.

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