"But stop touching me all the time", he said.
"We are officially off the rails", Bradford said, as his colleagues began erupting in laughter and one sitting next to him put her hand up to shield her face from a video camera. "Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it". "My intent was to simply beg for your permission for 30 seconds".
House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton on Wednesday said the chamber's GOP leadership needed to be accountable for Metcalfe - as well as the lawmaker himself. "Not that [my sexuality] matters, but [Sims] and I were laughing about it".
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party went even further than Wolf and called for Metcalfe to resign his seat.
As can be seen in the video above, Metcalfe interrupted Bradford to let his feelings be known about the arm touch.
Bradford, for his part, said that when he reached out to touch Metcalfe, he was simply attempting to "restrain him so I could finish my thought".
Metcalfe, a conservative firebrand who has never shied away from confrontational exchanges with Democrats on the House floor and elsewhere, said Wednesday that he had been planning to speak out for some time, in response to Bradford's "inappropriate" conduct. I don't know what it is.
Fellow lawmaker Rep. Matt Bradford was seated beside Metcalfe, the committee chairman.
A Republican lawmaker needs you to know he's heterosexual and doesn't like men so please don't touch his arm.
Metcalfe told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford, for months, has been continually touching him and that he has asked him to stop. He later told TribeLIVE.com that it's common for him to talk with his hands, especially when he's trying to calm Metcalfe down, something he says happens often. In the statement, the group's spokesperson, Brandon Cwalina, called Metcalfe "a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians" who "doesn't deserve the honor of serving in public office".
Metcalfe has been outspoken in his belief that homosexuality is a sin and marriage should only be between a man and a woman. They released a statement Tuesday accusing Metcalfe of being racist and homophobic not only for his comments during the meeting but also for past incidents.
In 2015, after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide, he accused the justices of "judicial tyranny" setting themselves "above God's law, natural law and the will of the people across this country".
"For me to allow [Sims] to say things that I believe are open rebellion against God are for me to participate in his open rebellion", Metcalfe said.