A Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker publicly asserted his heterosexuality after another male lawmaker touched him on the arm.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, chairman of the state House State Government Committee, during a meeting castigated ranking Democrat Matt Bradford after the latter touched his arm while addressing him.
Metcalfe, who has a history of opposing LGBTQ rights, responded:
"I'm a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don't like men as you might so stop touching me all the time. Keep your hands to yourself. If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don't."
The exchange resulted in uncomfortable laughter.
Bradford, a Montgomery County Democrat, explained that his intent was "to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds." "Then beg. Don't touch," Metcalfe responded tersely to him.