Alabama Lawmaker Threatens to 'Out' Anti-Gay Politicians' Marital Affairs

Alabama’s only openly gay state legislator, Rep. Patricia Todd (D), expanded on the threat she made over the weekend in a Facebook update in which she said she’d out the marital infidelities of straight anti-gay politicians who threatened to derail marriage equality in the state.
January 29, 2015 AT 11:00 AM

Alabama’s only openly gay state legislator, Rep. Patricia Todd (D), expanded on the threat she made over the weekend in a Facebook update in which she said she’d out the marital infidelities of straight anti-gay politicians who threatened to derail marriage equality in the state.

In a Jan. 27 interview, Todd said, “It’s pretty common knowledge in Montgomery that legislators have had affairs with different people [working for them]…clerks, office staff, that sort of thing.” She also said the response to her threat has both “shut down” the rhetoric and, alarmingly, also inspired “death threats” against her.

Speaking with me on SiriusXM Progress, Todd discussed her Facebook post, which she said she wrote after being angered by the reaction of the Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to a federal judge striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage last week (the decision was stayed until Feb. 9). Hubbard called the ruling “outrageous,” adding, “We will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."

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