Alabama’s first openly gay legislator, who had threatened to expose fellow lawmaker’s illicit affairs after they pushed back against the legalization of same-sex marriage in her state, said she has backed off after receiving death threats and after being warned she could be sued for slander, the Washington Times is reporting.
“Don’t start throwing bricks at my window when yours is already cracked as well,” state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) said when she served notice to Alabama state officials on Facebook, writing, “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. I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet OUT.”
Todd, a Democrat, admitted this week that she could have handled the situation better, adding that she was also acting on the advice of her attorney.
“I don’t have proof,” she said in a radio interview. “Some of it’s pretty common knowledge in Montgomery. I was advised by my attorney not to say things I don’t have proof that it’s true, because then I could be sued for slander.”
Todd said she had also received death threats after her, now-deleted, Facebook post gained national attention.
“My life’s been threatened in the past couple of days,” she told The Huffington Post. “A lot of my friends are worried about my safety. The police are patrolling by my house more often. I’ve got an alarm system. I am being careful. But they’re not going to scare me back into my house. I’m not going to let them do that.”
Todd said her original plan was to let fellow lawmakers know, “If you’re gonna cast those stones you better look at your own family values and think about it.”