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Breaking News: Metcalfe is a Heterosexual!

On Tuesday, House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe went on a homophobic rant against minority chairman Matt Bradford, who briefly touched Metcalfe’s arm during a committee meeting.

Among other things, Metcalfe said, “Representative Bradford, 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.” Later, he said, “It’s like, keep your hands to yourself. Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”
The tirade went viral across dozens of media outlets in Pennsylvania before being covered byHuffington Post and The Washington Post. The story is so outrageous, Huffington Post had to list “This is not satire.” at the beginning of the article.
I think you’ll agree that this is not the kind of person or story we want representing an elected official in Pennsylvania in the national news as chairman of a major government committee.

Equality Pennsylvania and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania released the following statements:

“It is past time for Speaker Turzai to remove Daryl Metcalfe as the chair of the House State Government Committee.  His rant against Chairman Bradford is simply the latest in a long series of homophobic and xenophobic actions, including bottling up anti-discrimination legislation in committee, and inviting white nationalists to testify and invoking a legislative rule to prevent State Representative Brian Sims from speaking about marriage equality, yet now he openly declares his heterosexuality in a committee meeting,” said John Dawe, Interim Executive Director of Equality PA.  “Metcalfe has turned his committee into an embarrassment and disgrace.  It’s time for Speaker Turzai to act.”
“Speaker Turzai has a responsibility to ensure that the state House is accountable to Pennsylvanians of all colors, creeds, and orientations.  Chairman Metcalfe has failed on all counts,” said Matthew Yarnell, President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.  “Enough isenough, Speaker Turzai.  Remove Chairman Metcalfe immediately.”
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