During a meeting of Pennsylvania's House State Government Committee on Tuesday, majority chairman Metcalfe put his fragile masculinity on display with an entirely unneeded outburst in defence of his sexuality.
He immediately stated: 'Look, I'm a heterosexual.
"I'm a heterosexual", Metcalfe said. "I don't like men as you might but stop touching me all the time". "I don't like men, as you might, but stop touching me all the time". Bradford, who also has a wife, then responds, "My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds", to which Metcalfe curtly replies, "Then beg, don't touch".
"It's like keep your hands to yourself", Metcalfe, who has a lengthy anti-gay history, continued. Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it".
During a discussion about a land use bill, Rep. Bradford, the committee's ranking Democrat, tried to get the attention of Rep. Metcalfe by touching his forearm.
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"Then beg, don't touch", Metcalfe interjected.
Metcalfe tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford has been "continually" reaching out and touching him for months.
When Bradford touched Metcalfe's arm, he called him out in front of everybody for doing it and reminded him that he is straight.
A video clip of a Pennsylvania lawmaker telling a colleague to stop touching him while suggesting that he might be gay has sparked accusations of homophobia as well as calls for his resignation.
Metcalfe, when asked about his comments regarding other Democrats, said the only openly gay member of the House is a Democrat sitting in the committee.
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Brandon Cwalina, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, also called on Metcalfe to resign.
Metcalfe, 55, has represented Pennsylvania's 12th district in the western part of the state since 1999.
In 2015, Metcalfe spoke out against the Supreme Court ruling ensuring that same-sex marriages must be recognized across the United States.
As Bradford and others were laughing, Metcalfe was not amused.
"I think that whole thing says a lot about the gentleman", Bradford said.
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