Colleagues of Pennsylvania Representative Daryl Metcalfe are calling for his resignation after he launched into a homophobic rant during a meeting on a land-use bill. His rant began after another representative, during a discussion, briefly touched his hand.
“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 angrily told Rep. Matt Bradford, who then laughed with visible discomfort. Others attending could be seen covering their faces in embarrassment.
“Keep your hands to yourself,” Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, continued. “If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don't.”
Bradford paused the meeting to attempt to address the issue and in the hopes of refocusing on the task at hand.
"We're officially off the rails. ... My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds," replied Bradford.
Upon seeing the footage of the incident, Democrats began calling for consequences over the uncalled for rant.
“PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe disrupted a State Government Committee meeting this morning — about a land use bill! — to loudly declare his heterosexuality!” wrote Pennsylvania's first openly gay legislator, Rep. Brian Sims, on Facebook. “You can't make this stuff up! The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interrupt a meeting to announce his sexual orientation.”
Now, Pennsylvania Democrats are calling for Metcalfe's resignation: “Enough is enough. Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn’t deserve the honor of serving in public office,” said spokesman Brandon Cwalina in a statement.
“In this day and age, that's really inappropriate,” Bradford has since said.
Meanwhile, Metcalfe has doubled down on his interruption: “I don't know what [Bradford's sexuality] is,” he said. “But I know from him touching me all the time that he indicates he likes to touch men.”
“If someone touches another person, and they say, ‘stop touching me,’ and they don’t stop, that’s serious business,” Metcalfe said.
Metcalfe, unsurprisingly, has a long history of homophobia. In 2013, he attempted to use House rules to silence the aforementioned Sims during a discussion on same-sex marriages.
“For me to allow [Sims] to say things that I believe are open rebellion against God are for me to participate in his open rebellion,” Metcalfe said.
Metcalfe has also characterized the Supreme Court's approval of same-sex marriages as “judicial tyranny,” according to PennLive.
“It shows what tyrants they are when they think that they can place themselves above God's law, above natural law, and above the will of the American people as we've seen it expressed in state after state after state,” Metcalfe said.
The House GOP spokesman has made no official comment on the calls for Metcalfe's resignation.