A gay Alabama state representative is warning her Republican colleagues to stop attacking the LGBT community if they don’t want her to reveal their dirty little secrets.
Patricia Todd made the threat on Facebook after she could no longer tolerate the anti-gay hatred coming out of the mouths of her fellow lawmakers in the statehouse. As leverage, Todd wrote that she intends to name which “family values” Republicans have or are committing adultery against their spouses in their heterosexual marriages.
“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 declared. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”
Todd decided she had had enough of the anti-gay rhetoric from her GOP colleagues in the wake of a federal judge striking down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. She added to her words during an interview with the Huffington Post, in which she further blasted so-called “family values” Republicans for their hypocrisy.
“If certain people come out and start espousing this rhetoric about family values, then I will say, ‘Let’s talk about family values, because here’s what I heard.’ I don’t have direct knowledge, because obviously I’m not the other person involved in the affair. But one thing you would never hear about me is that I ever cheated on a partner or had an affair.”
“One thing I’m pretty consistent on is I do not like hypocrites. 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.”
Frankly, it’s about time that someone became so pissed off about the anti-gay rhetoric used by conservatives that they would threaten to reveal the lurid details of their personal lives, especially the personal lives of those who proclaim to be all about “family values.”
So Alabama Republicans have two choices now. They can either shut up and stop attacking gay people, or they can continue fighting a losing battle and have their marital affairs exposed for the whole world to see. Unlike being gay or straight, this is completely their choice. Go ahead conservatives, make Patricia Todd’s day.