A conservative lawmaker from the state of Pennsylvania faces pressure to resign after a "random homophobic diatribe" against a colleague was captured on video.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe gave a verbal diatribe to Matt Bradford during a committee meeting in Harrisburg on Tuesday after the Democrat touched his arm lightly.
"Look, I'm straight, I have a wife, I love my wife, I do not like men, as is possible," said the Republican politician. "But stop touching me all the time."
Bradford surprised, he has four children with his wife Renee, and others in the room began to laugh. It was assumed that the committee, chaired by Metcalfe, was discussing a bill on land use.
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"Keep your hands to yourself," Metcalfe continued. "If you want to touch someone, you have people on your side who might like it.
Bradford told Metcalfe that "my intention was only to beg him for his permission for approximately 30 seconds."
"Then plead, do not touch," Metcalfe said.
"I do not know where we're going from here, really," Bradford replied.
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The Democratic Party of Pennsylvania said that Metcalfe, 55, should resign his seat.
"Besides being a racist, Metcalfe is homophobic," Dems state said in a statement on Tuesday. "He has silenced gay legislators, withheld the laws of non-discrimination and, just today, launched into a random homophobic diatribe directed at one of his colleagues"
"Enough is enough," said party spokesman Brandon Cwalina. "Daryl Metcalfe is a disgrace to the people of Pennsylvania and does not deserve the honor of serving in a public capacity."
Brian Sims, the state's first openly homosexual lawmaker, called Metcalfe the "main fan" of state Republicans. Metcalfe had prevented Sims from talking to his colleagues on the floor in 2013 about gay marriage.
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"You can not invent this!" Sims wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. "The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time and taxpayers' money to interrupt a meeting and announce their sexual orientation."
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