Next week openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims will receive the National Champion Of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Via press release:
“As President Obama said in the State of the Union, when women succeed, America succeeds! As a first-term representative, I am humbled and honored to receive this national award for my defense of women’s rights, and I will continue to stand up for those rights and oppose the attacks on them. Women’s rights are human rights,” Sims said. Sims is strongly pro-choice and attracted national acclaim for his impassioned defense of women’s rights during an April 2013 state House debate on legislation that restricts a woman’s right to an abortion and access to health care by putting government restrictions on private insurance companies and how women can spend their own money.
Sims has sponsored a Pennsylvania House bill that makes it easier for women to sue for equal pay and benefits. The bill also protects women from retaliation by employers for making such demands. As a member of the Women’s Health Caucus, Sims is also backing the outlawing of so-called “revenge porn” – in which jilted partners use social media to post harassing sexual photos of their exes.
VIDEO: Here is the 2013 speech which gained Sims national attention.