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Gay PA House Candidate Brian Sims Sounds Off on Coming Out, Marriage Equality, Mitt Romney: VIDEO


Gay Pennsylvania House of Representatives candidate Brian Sims talks to Current's John Fugelsang about coming out while an All-American college football player, DADT repeal, homophobia in the Democratic Party, and about the Republican and Romney positions on same-sex marriage:

"My guess is that behind closed doors, Mitt Romney would tell you that he's had gay friends, gay family, gay co-workers, and we all know that he has. And my guess is that he probably treated them with the utmost respect. But the fact that he in order to receive the nomination of the Republican party feels like he needs to stray so far from what is common sense for most Americans speaks more to the party maybe than it does to Mitt Romney."


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  1. I would guess that many gay Mormons are still in denial or in the closet because of Mormon tenets. And, while Romney undoubtably knows gay people, he may know fewer than other people.

    Posted by: Gr8guyca | Jun 20, 2012 11:24:56 AM

  2. What a moron. He makes excuses for Romney based on the deficiencies he sees in the Republican Party, OF WHICH HE IS A MEMBER. Another self-hating gay who wants to be part of a club that doesn't want him.

    Posted by: David | Jun 20, 2012 12:02:44 PM

  3. Wow, what a nice fellow.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 20, 2012 12:04:16 PM

  4. So, in other words, Mitt Romney is a cheap, political whore willing to prostitute himself in order to gain for his own ego gratification the nomination of the Republican Party as its candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America primarily by being the butt-boy for the extremists who control his party and willing to sacrifice without any remorse or shame my civil rights upon the altar of his selfish, shameless ambition.

    If that is an example of Romney's "utmost respect" for me, a gay man, a natural-born citizen of this country who has served this country proudly during times of war, then I'll pass and I'll vote for the flawed, imperfect but dynamic and decent young man, Barack Obama, who has struggled these last four years to right the wrongs and fix the destruction caused by the Republican Party the previous eight years, in spite of the vile, worst efforts of those very Republicans to demean and humiliate our President at every opportunity and prevent Mr. Obama from doing what is best for America.

    Mitt Romney and his party can go to hell.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 20, 2012 12:06:15 PM

  5. David, he's a Democrat.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 20, 2012 12:06:57 PM

  6. "But the fact that he in order to receive the nomination of the Republican party feels like he needs to stray so far from what is common sense for most Americans speaks more to the party maybe than it does to Mitt Romney."

    I couldn't disagree more with this statement. I think Romney's actions speak volumes about both his party and about his own character. Sure, they only confirm what we've known about Romney for years but it is significant: much moreso than even most politicians, this man will say or do ANYTHING to get the one and only material item he is lacking in this world, the keys to the White House. Romney is, by a mile, the most shameless, unprincipled creep either party has nominated for the presidency in decades. He makes George W. Bush look like a decent guy.

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 20, 2012 12:14:05 PM

  7. It's odd to see Sims referred to here as a "candidate". He has no challenger in November. He essentially won the election by winning the Democratic primary. He might as well be my state rep elect.

    Posted by: Rich | Jun 20, 2012 12:21:30 PM

  8. To be clear, Brian Sims is a candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Reps., not Congress. He won a decisive primary and faces no GOP opponent this November, meaning he will become the state's first openly LGBT state lawmaker.

    Brian will be a fantastic representative for his district and for LGBT Pennsylvanians across the state.

    Posted by: Denis | Jun 20, 2012 1:43:23 PM

  9. It's hilarious that David immediately assumed that Brian Sims was a Republican just because Sims wasn't spewing hatred toward Mitt Romney. I can always rely on Towleroad to observe the innate hatefulness of the Left.

    Posted by: AG | Jun 20, 2012 1:48:29 PM

  10. "the innate hatefulness of the Left."

    "(AG) immediately assumed that (David) was (the Left)...."

    @@ Yes, unintended irony is hilarious.

    Posted by: Task | Jun 20, 2012 2:35:51 PM

  11. @Task:

    I've never heard anyone not from the Left to call gay Republicans "self-hating." Some people on the Right hate gays but not because they consider them "self-hating." The Right uses different insults.

    Posted by: AG | Jun 20, 2012 2:40:46 PM

  12. This is a guy who moved into gay ally Babbet Josephs strongly gay and progressive district and narrowly defeated this 30 year long ally of ours. He had just a year or two earlier worked for her. He is an opportunist who I will never vote for and will encourage my friends in this district to do likewise. Unfortunately he will be unopposed in the general election in november. Mabye we can keep his vote tally low enough to encourage others to challenge this opportunist next election.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 20, 2012 4:22:49 PM

  13. Sounds like an apologist for homophobia. I don't trust gay "lawmakers" who make excuses for homophobia which KILLS OUR GAY YOUTH. SHAME on Brian Sims and anyone who supports this man who will throw LGBT under the bus all to climb up his political lane. Karma exists Brian.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jun 20, 2012 6:49:21 PM

  14. It's not about only respect's about RIGHTS. LGBT deserve our rights and freedoms.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jun 20, 2012 6:50:35 PM

  15. Sorry: I spelled the first name of our courageous and progressive heterosexual Jewish grandmother and gay ally who was stabbed in the back by out gay man Brian Sims wrong. The correct spelling is: Rep. Babette Josephs.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 20, 2012 7:02:52 PM

  16. @Denis: "A decisive victory". I think that overstates the facts. Sims defeated Josephs by about 250 votes out of about 7100 cast. "He will be a fantastic representative for his district and the LGBT community". The 182nd district and the LGBT community already had a fantastic representative in Babette Josephs. She was so good that Sims worked for her about 2yrs ago. Hopefully his narrow victory will encourage some strong challenger in the next democratic primary.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 21, 2012 1:07:36 AM

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