Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat from Birmingham, warned her lawmaker colleagues to stop making outrageous comments in response to a court decision to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
“It is pretty well known that we have people in Montgomery who are or have had affairs …” she said. “I just want them to be careful what they’re saying, some of it might come back to stick on them.”
Todd, who is Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker, is threatening to release information on her colleague's affairs if the comments continue.
“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,” Todd said on Facebook. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”
Todd wants Alabama to stop fighting against gay marriage and thinks its a waste of state resources. Alabama's 2006 constitutional amendment declaring marriage between a man and a women was ruled unconstitutional last week.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has appealed the decision striking down the ban. He has also asked judges across the state to hold off issuing marriage licenses until the supreme court makes its decision on same-sex marriage. The decision is expected this summer.
“We do have a fundamental disagreement on allowing same-sex marriages in Alabama, and I will continue to voice my opinion on this important social issue, just as I expect she will continue to voice hers, but we can disagree without being disagreeable,” Todd added.