After Homophobic Comments, Pennsylvania Governor Urges GOP to Rethink Lawmaker's Job

Credit Katie Meyer

Credit Katie Meyer

He interrupted the visibly stunned Bradford mid-sentence to tell him to stop touching him.

Metcalf also said Wednesday it's alright for gays to flaunt their life style and say who they are, but when someone says they're heterosexual, it's somehow offensive. "Somebody's not allowed to touch you if you don't want it and when you've told somebody to stop, they better stop or there could be consequences".

And Democrats say, even if it happened, that doesn't excuse Metcalfe.

The incident, captured on a video feed, took place during a state government committee meeting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday night.

'My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds, ' Bradford, of Montgomery County, said.

Metcalfe replied: "Then beg, don't touch".

Bradford, who has a wife and four children has reportedly said that Metcalfe was "out of control" with his comments.

In addition to being racist, Metcalfe is homophobic.

Pennsylvania's democratic party is calling Metcalfe's reaction homophobic, and says it's proof that he isn't fit for public office.

"I don't know where we go from here, really", he added.

In Tuesday's meeting on a bill about landlocked easements and roads, Metcalfe interrupted Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford - seated next to him - after Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm while speaking.

'I don't know what [Bradford's sexuality] is, ' he said. Yesterday Metcalfe defended his position.

The conservative lawmaker told TribLive that Bradford has been repeatedly told to rein in his touching behavior. I speak with my hands.

He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was not making a pass at Metcalfe, but instead was trying to "restrain him so I could finish my thought".

When same-sex marriage was recognized across the country by the Supreme Court in 2015, Mecalfe said the Supreme Court displayed "judicial tyranny".

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe has always been a problem in Harrisburg.

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