Democrats Blast Republicans for Voting to Hold Homosexuality in Pennsylvania’s Obscenity Legal guidelines

Republicans in the Pennsylvania The House of Representatives voted Monday to keep the word “homosexuality” in the state’s laws on public indecency and profanity, angering senior Democrats, including those who passed laws to remove the classification from the books.

For example, currently, for example, the Pennsylvania Prostitution Act classifies “homosexual” sex under “deviant sexual relationships.”

Pennsylvania’s profanity law even includes this archaic definition of “profanity and other sexual materials and performances.”

“Sexual behavior means masturbation, homosexuality, intercourse, sexual bestiality, or physical contact with the dressed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or, if that person is a woman, the chest.”

SB 609 would have removed the word “gay” or “homosexuality” from profanity laws.

But on one party line, every Republican, led by spokesman Brian Cutler (photo), voted to abuse, attack, humiliate, ridicule and marginalize the state’s LGBTQ community by voting against the bill.

Democratic MP Brian Sims, the state’s first openly gay elected legislature running for lieutenant governor in the 2022 elections, blew up its GOP peers:

GAY OBSCENITY?!? Colleagues in my house have just voted on party lines NOT to remove “homosexuality” from Pennsylvania’s profanity laws. House Republicans voted to have the amendment killed and are more likely to have the courage to show their broken convictions and actually vote on the issue. #Broken

– Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 24, 2021

Linking the rampant homophobia of the Republican caucus with this kind of aggressive cowardice is so painful for the brand. May you never have to see your coworkers vote to maintain the way you love a “crime”, “Sims also tweeted.

If your rep is a Republican, you have voted to keep homosexuality as profanity in the crime code. If you are a Democrat, you voted to remove it.

– Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) May 24, 2021

Democratic House and Senate bill sponsors blew up Republicans too:

A shameful day in Harrisburg. @RepZabel and I put laws in place to remove homosexuality from the state’s obscenity statue after Upper Darby did the same locally.

This is a matter of basic equality. We will not give up this fight.

– Senator Tim Kearney (@SenTimKearney) May 24, 2021

Photo by Pennsylvania GOP House Speaker Brian Cutler. Image by Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr and under a CC license

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