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GOP Lawmaker Unleashes Homophobic Tirade After Democrat Touches His Arm

He previously silenced a gay colleague for violating "God's law."

Photo Credit: Pa. House Video

A request not to be touched is one thing. Using an anti-gay verbal attack to make that request, like Chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) did when Democratic Chairman Matt Bradford touched his arm, is another.

The inexplicable exchange came during a meeting about issues related to land use.

“Representative Bradford,” said Metcalfe, interrupting Bradford, following the touch. “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."

Aside from the homophobia, it's difficult to imagine Metcalfe didn't already know that Bradford is married to a woman.

“It’s like, keep your hands to yourself,” he continued, as people in the room began nervously laughing. “Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”

“We are officially off the rails,” Bradford responded. “My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”

“Then beg, don’t touch,” Metcalfe snapped.

“I don’t know where we go from here,” Bradford responded, to more nervous laughter from the room.

Metcalfe has a history of anti-gay animus and previously tried to silence a gay colleague from speaking by saying he didn't want to allow the lawmaker to express "open rebellion against what the word of god has said, what god has said, and just open rebellion against god’s law."

Watch the full incident below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.