Gay Ala. Lawmaker Threatens To Out Colleagues’ Affairs

FILE -- In this photo taken June 29, 2013, State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, speaks at the Madison County Democratic Headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. Todd wasn't even in the room when she cast the vote that lan... FILE -- In this photo taken June 29, 2013, State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, speaks at the Madison County Democratic Headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. Todd wasn't even in the room when she cast the vote that landed her, temporarily, on the wrong side of history. It was 2007, and the Alabama House of Representatives was about to vote on a resolution apologizing for slavery. Few doubted where Todd, a white Democrat representing majority-black Birmingham, stood on the matter. But as a key vote approached, she was called away to handle a matter in the Senate, two floors up from the House chamber. Leaving her desk, she asked a fellow lawmaker to enter "yes" on her voting machine when the resolution came up. That colleague pressed the wrong button. "No" to apologizing for hundreds of years of involuntary servitude. "It was just an accident," Todd said last week. "He just reached back to my desk and pressed the wrong button."(AP Photo/Bob Gathany, AL.com, file) MORE LESS
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Openly gay Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) this weekend warned her fellow lawmakers that she would expose their marital infidelities if they continued to oppose same sex marriage by emphasizing “family values.”

“I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have,” she wrote on Facebook, according to the TimesDaily. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”

Todd told the Huffington Post that she threatened her colleagues after many lawmakers condemned a federal judge’s Friday ruling that struck down the Alabama ban on same sex marriage.

“I don’t have direct knowledge, because obviously I’m not the other person involved in the affair. But one thing you would never hear about me is that I ever cheated on a partner or had an affair,” she said.

Todd said that she will not tolerate “hypocrites.”

“If you can explain your position and you hold yourself to the same standard you want to hold me to, then fine. But you cannot go out there and smear my community by condemning us and somehow making us feel less than, and expect me to be quiet,” she told the Huffington Post.

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