WATCH: State Rep. Brian Sims on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’

Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) joined MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Hardball Friday to talk about Americans’ evolution on gay rights and, particularly, gay marriage. Watch it below:

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Matthews invited Sims to speak alongside Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of, to speak LGBT rights in light of last week’s Supreme Court arguments on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Matthews spoke to Reid first, who discussed support of LGBT rights in the black community. He then introduced Sims by noting the parts of Philadelphia the freshman lawmaker represents. Sims noted the one obvious place Matthews forgot: The Gayborhood—“between Chinatown and the Italian Market.”

Matthews also asked Sims what it was like running for office as an openly gay man.

“People appreciate authenticity,” he said. “They may not understand everything you fight for, but people appreciate when you stand up and you speak for your community.”

He also noted some reasons his election was important for the LGBT community. “Pennsylvania was the second largest state in the country that had never elected an openly-gay LGBT state legislator,” Sims said. “And you know this about Pennsylvania, Chris. Pennsylvania has no statewide LGBT civil rights.”

“Yeah, well, work on it,” Matthews said.

“We’re working on it,” Sims replied.

When signing off, Matthews took note of Sims ability to speak quickly.

“You know what I like about you, Brian: You’re obviously a great local representative,” Matthews said. “I like the fact that you talk at the right speed. My speed.”

Sims responded: “You, like me, can cram about two minutes worth of information into a minute.”

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