Pa. lawmaker brings meeting to halt after male colleague touches his arm


Pa. lawmaker brings meeting to halt after male colleague touches his arm

Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it".

"Okay, chairman, chairman", he said, widely grinning as committee members laughed.

Metcalfe responded by saying,"Then beg".

Metcalfe's comments were met by awkward laughs by Bradford and others in the meeting.

Metcalfe's anti-gay views are no secret.

"Representative Bradford, just - look", said Republican Daryl Metcalfe.

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

When Bradford touched Metcalfe's arm, he called him out in front of everybody for doing it and reminded him that he is straight. "If he likes to touch other men, then find another man to touch because I'm not the man to be touching".

"Enough is enough. Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn't deserve the honor of serving in public office", said Brandon Cwalina, Spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Metcalfe, 55, has represented Pennsylvania's 12th district since 1999.

Metcalfe has been outspoken in his belief that homosexuality is a sin and marriage should only be between a man and a woman. "You could have knocked me over with a feather", Bradford told HuffPost.

Metcalfe also worked considerably to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

In 2015, Metcalfe spoke out against the Supreme Court ruling ensuring that same-sex marriages must be recognized across the United States. The justices set themselves above God's law, natural law and the will of the people across this country.

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

We are told Speaker Mike Turzai was made aware of the incident.

"I wish some civility would reign", Bradford said.