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Alabama: Lesbian lawmaker threatens to out affairs of anti-gay colleagues

Alabama: Lesbian lawmaker threatens to out affairs of anti-gay colleagues

An openly gay Alabama state representative has said she will expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage.

Patricia Todd made the declaration in response to comments from fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

‘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 over the weekend.

‘I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.’

Todd is the first openly gay elected official in the state and she herself married her partner of nine years last year in Massachusetts.

‘It is pretty well known that we have people in Montgomery who are or have had affairs,’ she told the Times Daily.

‘I just want them to be careful what they’re saying, some of it might come back to stick on them.’

Todd said she was upset and angered by some of the remarks she has heard since Friday.

‘But I know I’m on the side that is going to win and I’m sorry they’re so ignorant,’ she said.

Todd will introduce a bill to protect LGBTI employees from workplace discrimination later this year, although she admitted that she had ‘probably burned any chance of getting it through.’