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Out Gay PA Lawmaker Brian Sims Discusses Plans For Marriage Equality: VIDEO


"Galvanized" by the Supreme Court rulings last week, out gay Pennsylvania state Representative Brian Sims, along with fellow Representative Steve Carter, sat down on Sunday to discuss their plans to introduce legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would make same-sex marriage legal in the Keystone State.

Asked about his motivation to act, Rep. Sims stated,

“I was lucky enough to be born into a country that says I won’t be treated any differently under the law based on anyone’s selective interpretation of their own faith. Right now there are upwards of a million LGBT Pennsylvanians that are being treated differently under that law than similarly situated LGBT New Yorkers or Californians and that’s a huge problem. And the moment they cross into Pennsylvania do they lose the thousand or so federal rights just attached to them? And if that’s the case, where are we at right now in our government that people lose rights by crossing a border?”

This January, Sims became the first openly gay state representative in Pennsylvania. As of February, a new poll showed a majority of Pennsylvanians in support of marriage equality.

Watch the conversation in full AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Brian Sims: My HERO!

    Posted by: Dr. C | Jul 2, 2013 8:34:21 AM

  2. that interviewer doesn't seem objective in the least so bless her for that. Let's go to PA until things change, i'm there next week and will keep going until they're free.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jul 2, 2013 8:40:22 AM

  3. wonderin' if mr sims is married, or in a committed (as they say) relationship...? he's certainly a catch. omg

    Posted by: tinhouston | Jul 2, 2013 8:41:52 AM

  4. Caught him on "Hardball" yesterday. Hot man for sure.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 2, 2013 9:39:34 AM

  5. Go Brian Sims!

    Posted by: Jude | Jul 2, 2013 9:42:15 AM

  6. All VERY well worded, Mr. Sims! Getting right to the center of it.

    You guys are doing a great job for equality!

    Posted by: El | Jul 2, 2013 10:46:50 AM

  7. Nothing I've read about Sims mentions a partner or a husband, so it's likely that he's single. Even if he was with someone who did not want to be in the public eye, his existance would probably be mentioned if not his name.

    Posted by: Jere | Jul 2, 2013 11:21:17 AM

  8. I believe the other PA state representative is named McCarter, not Carter.

    Posted by: RJ | Jul 2, 2013 12:15:23 PM

  9. This is how I like my politics. Sexy!

    Posted by: FFS | Jul 2, 2013 11:03:18 PM

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