Same-sex marriage ruling ignites Pa. House dispute

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 28, 2013 8:32 AM

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Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia

An openly gay lawmaker has asked the House of Representatives to censure a colleague who prevented him from making floor remarks about the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, asked the chamber Thursday to reprimand Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, at the close of session because an interview Metcalfe gave explaining why he prevented Sims from speaking.

Metcalfe told WHYY-FM that Sims' comments would have been "open rebellion against God's law."

Members have the right under House rules to veto another's remarks under "unanimous consent." When Sims got up to speak on Wednesday, Metcalfe and at least one other representative withdrew their consent.

Sims spoke on the floor Thursday under a different rule. He also announced he would introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania.

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