Rep. Galloway said his renewed endorsement came as result of a conversation he had with Rep. Brian Sims, where he discussed his concerns with the bill. Rep. Sims is the first openly gay person to be elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature.
“I firmly believe in equality for all,” Galloway said. “Representative Sims has provided a strong and compelling argument that this bill provides protections which we all take for granted. Our neighbors in New Jersey and Delaware already have the legal protections which this bill would provide. Representative Sims assured me that while the bill provides the equality I believe in, it does not infringe on the rights of others. My job is to ask questions and represent everyone. And Representative Sims is not just an excellent legislator but a great resource.”
“Representative Galloway and I have been speaking about House Bill 300 and the issue of LGBT civil rights for several weeks now, and I’ve listened to and understood his concerns about the legislation,” Sims said. “After addressing Representative Galloway’s concerns and assuring him that this bill respects and protects the rights of all Pennsylvanians, I’m very pleased that he has put his name back on the bill.”
Representative Galloway is a good and decent public servant, who is dedicated to the ideals of equality and fairness for all of Pennsylvania’s citizens,” Rep. Sims continued. “I’ve never questioned his support for equality and I’m proud to serve alongside him in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
Yesterday, Rep. Galloway stated that he supported ninety percent of the bill but pulled out as a co-sponsor due to concerns about public accommodations for transgendered people.