Vince Fumo Unplugged

Wowza. The Inky reports that State Sen. Vince Fumo today said state lawmakers would probably support slavery. The remarks came during a hearing on legislation that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, something Fumo strongly opposes.

Here are the quotes: (credit to the Inquirer)

"What you are advocating here is that we take away the rights of a minority. And I don't think that's right," Fumo told Gilbert Coleman, Jr., senior pastor of Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship in Philadelphia, during the hearing. ". . . If we introduced a bill on slavery, it might pass. That doesn't make it right."

"I doubt that sir," responded Coleman, who testified in support of the measure.

"Oh, don't bet on it in this General Assembly," the Philadelphia Democrat shot back. "I know some people up here, especially on a secret ballot, it would be almost unanimous."

Fumo later said he was exaggerating to make a point.