Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe on Wednesday blocked Rep. Brian Sims, who is openly gay, from speaking on the House floor on that day's historic Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling.

Metcalfe, a vociferous opponent of gay rights and a Republican, also blocked two other colleagues from discussing the Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA, which prohibited federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“For me to allow him to say things that I believe are open rebellion against God are for me to participate in his open rebellion,” Metcalfe told the AP. “There's no free speech on the floor.”

Under Pennsylvania House rules, members have the right to veto another's remarks. Metcalfe and at least one other member invoked this rule to silence Sims. Sims, a freshman lawmaker, spoke on the floor Thursday under a “point of personal privilege.”

Sims said on Thursday that he plans to seek a House reprimand against Metcalfe.

“This is a guy who hates women, he hates gay people, he hates minorities and he hates immigrants,” he said.

Metcalfe is the primary sponsor of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

Also on Thursday, Sims announced that he would back a marriage bill in the House to complement a Senate version introduced in March.