PA Dems Call For GOP Lawmaker's Resignation After 'Random Homophobic Tirade'

L State Rep. Brian Sims | R State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

L State Rep. Brian Sims | R State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it.

"I hear you", he said.

In January 2016, the Senate joined with the House to vote in favor of House Bill 153, an amendment that was introduced by Metcalfe.

As Bradford and others were laughing, Metcalfe was not amused.

"Representative Bradford, I'm a heterosexual", Metcalfe says in the video, while interrupting Bradford.

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"We are officially off the rails", Bradford said with a smirk to the assembled panel before telling a stone-faced Metcalfe, "My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds". "But stop touching me all the time".

The video ends with Bradford suggesting the committee set up "a sidebar to talk about what I'll call "the extraneous issues" that have been raised".

Bradford was clearly taken aback at the chastising from Metcalfe, who is the committee chair.

Metcalfe is a hyper-conservative, and in 2012 bragged in an interview, "I was a Tea Partier before it was cool".

"I do, I do", Rep. Brian Sims, the Legislature's only openly gay lawmaker, said from across the room, triggering bipartisan laughter.

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"Then beg, don't touch", Metcalfe said. After Tuesday's remarks, the state Democratic Party said he should resign, calling him a "walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians", the Washington Post reports.

Metcalfe has been outspoken in his belief that homosexuality is a sin and marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Also that year, Metcalfe was one of several Republican lawmakers to call for the impeachment of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane because they said she was refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

When the Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriages across the country in 2015, Metcalfe said the justices displayed "judicial tyranny", according to PennLive. The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interupt a meeting to announce his sexual orientation.

Metcalfe tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford has been "continually" reaching out and touching him for months. He believes that at least an apology is warranted.

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"I speak with my hands", Bradford said.

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