GOP state lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

GOP state lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

GOP state lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

In committee, Bradford gently touched Metcalfe's arm while speaking about a land use bill.

"Representative Bradford, I'm a heterosexual", Metcalfe says in the video, while interrupting Bradford. "If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it, but I don't". Stop touching me all the time. "Keep your hands to yourself", Metcalfe said to raucous laughter from his colleagues.

Bradford, who has a wife and four children, responded that the meeting was "officially off the rails". "My intent was to simply beg for your permission for 30 seconds".

And state Governor Tom Wolf said Metcalfe should be stripped of the chairmanship of a committee responsible for civil rights legislation.

"We've been frustrated for long time with the manner with which Chairman Metcalfe runs some committee meetings", he said.

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Bradford then continues to laugh before deciding to end the meeting.

Bradford described Metcalfe's comments as "hateful and homophobic".

"The chairman can be volatile", Bradford, D-Montgomery, said. The Pennsylvania Democrats asked Metcalfe to step down in the past over what they called his "repeated racism".

He came under immediate criticism for the comments, and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has called on Metcalfe, who has served in the statehouse since 1999, to resign from office.

Bradford, who is actually married to a woman, then chose to call a motion to postpone. "For years Metcalfe has taken policy positions based on bigoted misconceptions and fear of minority groups and the LGBT community, but today he has gone beyond the pale".

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"The homosexual crowd thinks that they can, you know, flaunt their sexuality routinely throughout the course of the day and throughout our government now and debate after debate", Metcalfe argued to CBS.

An unamused Rep. Metcalfe tries to cut Rep. Bradford off with a curt "Thank you".

Metcalfe said Bradford has repeatedly touched his shoulder for "months and months", despite Metcalfe's requests that he stop. He later told TribeLIVE.com that it's common for him to talk with his hands, especially when he's trying to calm Metcalfe down, something he says happens often.

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

The duo's latest show went viral Tuesday. He said he was sure Sims' comments would have been "just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law".

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