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Lawmaker: 'I'm a Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

06 December 2017, 01:12 | Taylor George

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Daryl Metcalfe

During the meeting, Democratic state Rep. Matt Bradford of Montgomery County was discussing a bill on land use when he gently ― and very briefly ― laid a hand on Metcalfe's arm.

When asked whether he intended the references to the sexuality of Bradford and other Democrats in a pejorative way, Metcalfe responded, "I said what I said". I don't like men, as you might. Don't - stop touching me all the time!

"It's like keep your hands to yourself", he added as a startled Bradford looked on and began laughing. If you want to touch somebody, there are people on your side of the aisle that might like it.

"We're officially off the rails", Bradford says.

"Then beg, don't touch", Rep. Metcalfe replied.

"I don't know where we go from here", Bradford says.

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

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Metcalfe's anti-gay views are no secret. Neither Bradford nor Metcalfe could be immediately reached for comment.

The following year, PhillyMag called him "bigoted", and reported: "Metcalfe has made it a personal mission to snuff out any form of same-sex marriage rights in the state of Pennsylvania, going so far as drafting legislation that not only solidifies Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban, but outlaws civil unions and domestic partnerships, too".

In an interview with, Bradford said Metcalfe's comments were "unpleasant and awkward and appalling".

"State Representative Daryl Metcalfe has always been a problem in Harrisburg", Pa. Democrats wrote in a released statement.

Brandon Cwalina, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, also called on Metcalfe to resign. "I thought he needed something a little bit stronger that brought his attention to it and the attention of others around and this has certainly done it", said Metcalfe. "This is a government of 'We the People, ' and we the people are not done with this fight", Metcalfe said.

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

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