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GOP “Censures” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal For Vetoing Anti-LGBT Law

GOP "Censures" Georgia Governor Nathan Deal For Vetoing Anti-LGBT Law

The Republican party has “censured” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal for vetoing the states recent anti-LGBT law at one of the states GOP district conventions held over the weekend to select delegates to this July’s Republican National Convention.

The Third District, which covers parts of west Georgia and is represented by U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, made the move per the AJC:

Though it is purely symbolic, it’s a startling sign of the conservative backlash to Deal’s decision to reject the legislation – and another reminder that the debate over the measure never really ended.

But one key figure in the debate over so-called “religious freedom” bills the past three years spoke out against the move:

Just as surprising, though, was the conservative politician who spoke in Deal’s favor at the meeting. State Sen. Josh McKoon who helped write and introduced the legislation – and a constant thorn in the side of Deal and other GOP leaders. But the Columbus Republican urged his fellow west Georgia partisans to oppose the censure.

“I said that it was not constructive for the GOP to lash out at the governor, and that if we want to pass conservatives initiatives next year, we need to make a positive case for their adoption,” he said after the vote.

McKoon, who was at odds with Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and others throughout this year’s session and paid a steep price for it. $8 million in funding in McKoon’s district was pulled on the next-to-last day of the session, and state Rep. Richard Smith went on record as to why, per the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Smith outlined two high-level meetings in which he was told that McKoon’s behavior was an issue and it was going to cost the Columbus region state funding.

The governor and his chief of staff made it clear they were not giving any money and the reason was Sen. McKoon,” Smith said.

The censure of Deal passed overwhelmingly despite McKoon’s objections.

Gay PA Rep. Brian Sims Demands Censure of GOP Rep For Citing ‘God’s Law’ To Silence Him

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Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, who is the first openly gay lawmaker elected in  Pennsylvania history, is asking the PA legislators to censure ultra-conservative Rep. Daryl  Metcalfe who blocked him from making remarks about the SCOTUS rulings on gay marriage. Metcalfe’s blocked Sims because  he was preparing to make remarks that were “open rebellion against what the word  of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law.”

WHYY reports:

In a part of the house session where members can  speak on wide-ranging topics, Sims had just begun his remarks when he was shut  down.

“I wasn’t planning on chastising anybody. I  wasn’t planning on discussing how far we have to come in Pennsylvania or that we  really have no civil rights in Pennsylvania,” Sims said. “It was really just  going to limit my comments to how important the cases were.”

It takes just one legislator to end the impromptu  remarks.  Rep. Daryl Metcalfe was one of the House Republicans who  objected.

“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,” said Metcalfe,  R-Butler.

Two more Democratic legislators got up to speak  in support of Sims. Neither was allowed to proceed.

Sims has officially requested that Metcalfe be censured for his behavior the AP reports:

On Thursday, House Speaker Sam Smith,  R-Jefferson, told Sims the proper procedure under the circumstances would be  either going through the Ethics Committee or seeking a House resolution. Sims  said he plans to pursue the matter.

“This is a guy who hates women, he hates gay  people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants,” Sims said. Metcalfe is  among the most conservative state lawmakers. He has sponsored pro-gun-rights  rallies and organized opposition to people who enter the country without legal  permission.

Metcalfe said he regularly attends a  nondenominational Christian church near his home in western Pennsylvania. He  said the comments Sims would have made about the high court’s decisions would  have been “ultimately offensive to the majority of my constituents, and  myself.”

Said Sims on Facebook last night:

A quick thought before I head to bed: What  happened the last two days in Harrisburg wasn’t a Democrat vs. Republican thing.  This was the State House vs. a few tea partiers. From the Speaker handling all  of this appropriately to the many members of the Republican caucus I’ve heard  from who’ve apologized for the lack of decorum, it’s clear to me that the entire  State House was angered by the shenanigans. That’s the progress I’m looking for  and I’m thankful to be finding it! Lots to do but lots to celebrate these  days…

I don;t know about you but  I, for one, would be more than happy to be in open rebellion of God’s Law with the WOOFY  Brian Sims any day.