HARRISBURG, Pa. - An outspoken and conservative Pennsylvania state lawmaker is the target of calls to resign or be demoted after he interrupted a committee meeting to accost his Democratic counterpart for touching his arm and suggest the man might be gay.
Pennsylvania's Democratic Party called on Rep. Daryl Metcalfe to resign, while a gay and transgender rights group and a health care workers's labor union asked Republican majority leaders to strip Metcalfe of his committee chairmanship.
Metcalfe's comments and committee meetings routinely stoke anger from Democrats and their allies.
In Tuesday's meeting, Metcalfe said, "stop touching me all the time" and "I don't like men, as you might," after state Rep. Matt Bradford, a Montgomery County Democrat, placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm while sitting next to him and speaking.
Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don't."
House Speaker Mike Turzai declined to discuss the issue Wednesday. Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, didn't respond to a call seeking comment.
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