Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Rep. Daryl Metcalfe interrupted a public committee meeting Tuesday to insist to the room that he is, in fact, a heterosexual after he was touched by fellow committee member Matt Bradford.
“Representative Bradford, look, I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time,” Metcalfe said after being briefly touched on the forearm.
“Keep your hands to yourself,” he continued, “if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”
In a statement released later that day, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party demanded he resign for derailing the meeting with what they are calling a “homophobic tirade.” The Democrats also go on to mention Metcalfe’s history of silencing a gay lawmaker on the grounds that his remarks, “were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,” and his efforts in keeping a bill that would make ban LGBT discrimination in Pennsylvania off the floor for the reason that Rep. Dan Frankel described, “It has dawned on the opponents that it will pass, and they are acting on that.”
This is not the first time Pennsylvania Democrats have called on Metcalfe to resign. Earlier this year, they demanded his resignation after his refusal to condemn white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville and for inviting Rob Vandervoort, who the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a leader in white supremacist circles, to speak before the House State Government Committee.
This comes on the same week that the Supreme Court is hearing a case in which a Colorado bakery refused service to a gay couple in violation of that state’s anti-discrimination laws, leading to the White House Press Secretary telling the press, “The president certainly supports religious liberty and that’s something he talked about during the campaign and has upheld since taking office,” when asked whether President Trump opposes businesses discriminating against gay people.