Alabama’s first openly gay legislator has threatened to expose state officials’ illicit affairs after some of them fought back against the legalization of marriage equality in her state, AL.com reported.
“Don’t start throwing bricks at my window when yours is already cracked as well,” state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) said on Monday.
Todd has not identified specific lawmakers she was targeting. Her remarks followed Republican criticism of a federal court ruling last Friday striking down the state ban on same-sex marriages.
State House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) called the ruling “outrageous” in a statement, vowing that the legislature would appeal the ruling.
“We will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live,” Hubbard’s statement read.
Todd took to Facebook to voice her disappointment with Hubbard’s statements and issue her threat.
“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. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet OUT.”
The Huffington Post reported that U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade approved Attorney General Luther Strange’s (R) request for a two-week stay on the ruling.
However, Strange he would have preferred for the decision to be deferred until after the Supreme Court revisits the case. The high court is expected to rule on four other state bans this June.
Todd told the Post that her threat was a response to conservatives’ opposing marriage equality on the basis of “family values.”
“One thing I’m pretty consistent on is, I do not like hypocrites,” she said. “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.”
[h/t Talking Points Memo]