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This is appalling: Pennsylvania Dem silenced by opponent citing 'God's law'
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As is the case in many states, many in Pennsylvania are considering how to proceed in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and on Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Sims (D) of Philadelphia rose to address the issue with his legislative colleagues.

But Sims, the first openly gay member elected to the state House, was not allowed to deliver his remarks -- one of his colleagues raised a procedural objection to block him from speaking.

And why is that? Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who prevented Sims from addressing the chamber on DOMA, explained himself this way:

"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," Metcalfe had told WHYY of Philadelphia.


http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/0...s-law?lite

Our congress IS NOT your church. All matters that pertain to the people should be open for discussion.

Here's an AP link: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/content...d=rpJCgO2n
""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.""
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Disgusting.

Justin
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TheWolff;107576 Wrote:As is the case in many states, many in Pennsylvania are considering how to proceed in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and on Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Sims (D) of Philadelphia rose to address the issue with his legislative colleagues.

But Sims, the first openly gay member elected to the state House, was not allowed to deliver his remarks -- one of his colleagues raised a procedural objection to block him from speaking.k

And why is that? Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who prevented Sims from addressing the chamber on DOMA, explained himself this way:

"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," Metcalfe had told WHYY of Philadelphia.


Our congress IS NOT your church. All matters that pertain to the people should be open for discussion.

If that's the whole story then Metcalfe (a major supporter of gun rights) just took a major hit in my eyes.
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

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TheWolff;107576 Wrote:As is the case in many states, many in Pennsylvania are considering how to proceed in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and on Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Sims (D) of Philadelphia rose to address the issue with his legislative colleagues.

But Sims, the first openly gay member elected to the state House, was not allowed to deliver his remarks -- one of his colleagues raised a procedural objection to block him from speaking.

And why is that? Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who prevented Sims from addressing the chamber on DOMA, explained himself this way:

"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," Metcalfe had told WHYY of Philadelphia.


Our congress IS NOT your church. All matters that pertain to the people should be open for discussion.

You know, I love Metcalfe's stance on 2A but I loath his stance on gay marriage. Honestly if he was my rep I couldn't in good conscience votefor him.
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I updated OP with a link, I'll see if I can find some other reports.

I totally understand not agreeing with either side of an issue that directly affects people, but as a representative of those people, to refuse even discussion of it means you're not interested in doing your job any more. If you can't in good conscience do your job any more, do the right thing and step down so someone else can. Denying those people representation is appalling, and I hope his office is flooded with calls about it.
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I wonder how he would respond if someone stopped him because of Allah's law. He'd probably have a heart attack. Hypocrites do as they do... Im probably in the same moral camp as he is but I know morality and law are two very distinct and different things. There shall be no law/persecution without harm.
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In positive news, Metcalfe's annual attempt to "protect traditional marriage" in PA's constitution has even less sponsors this year:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...=B&bn=1349

The 27 die-hards who are in there now are the "usual suspects" you'd expect that would hop on board. Every Rep. over Lancaster County, Altoona, Carbon County, Cumberland County, etc.


The bill to add sexual orientation to the list of things you can't fire people over or deny them housing (yes, you can cancel a rental lease in PA and use "you're gay" as a valid excuse in most PA counties except the cities and townships which have banned it locally) got 88 sponsors and it's sitting in the committee (State Government) that Metcalfe chairs. He know he can't bring it to the floor because there's a real risk that the PA House might vote for it given the Republicans who have stopped playing the Jerry Falwell game.
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Internet troll;107579 Wrote:
TheWolff;107576 Wrote:As is the case in many states, many in Pennsylvania are considering how to proceed in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and on Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Sims (D) of Philadelphia rose to address the issue with his legislative colleagues.

But Sims, the first openly gay member elected to the state House, was not allowed to deliver his remarks -- one of his colleagues raised a procedural objection to block him from speaking.k

And why is that? Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who prevented Sims from addressing the chamber on DOMA, explained himself this way:

"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," Metcalfe had told WHYY of Philadelphia.


Our congress IS NOT your church. All matters that pertain to the people should be open for discussion.

If that's the whole story then Metcalfe (a major supporter of gun rights) just took a major hit in my eyes.


Metcalfe has heard a tremendous amount of lip from East of the Susquehanna River for years on this topic. He's Pennsylvania's most anti-gay legislator.

I happen to be Facebook friends with him (mostly for the entertainment value from comments on his posts).

Metcalfe knows how to switch off the rhetoric when it's not working for him. When he's in full-God mode he's mostly doing it to show the fundies in Butler how much work he's doing to make sure Harrisburg doesn't come and bulldoze their churches and deprogram Jesus out of their kids, which I think is like the #1 fear the Fundies out there have on their brain all the time.


Just today he posted something about a proposal to make PA a right to work state to screw the AFL-CIO (a measure to block unions from docking paychecks to collect dues) and the comments derailed to the incident yesterday over what he did to Sims. I piped in and mentioned that the SCOTUS decision was decided on STATES RIGHTS... meaning the liberals on the court left the definition of marriage to the states where it has always traditionally been. If states change their definitions of marriage, then that is their right.

The responder came back with "rape is wrong" and then a quote from 1 Corinthians that doesn't even apply to the matter at hand. So, well... uhm. Yeah.
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If anyone's interested in me drafting a "I love your 2A stance Daryl, but you're completely wrong on this" letter from gun-owners that those of us agree with can sign and send to Daryl's constituency office and his HBG office, I'm more than glad to do it.

Anyone interested in signing such a thing? If not I won't bother.
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Another reason why the GOP will ultimately crumble.
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