If You Need One More Reason to Like Patricia Todd, This Might Be It
When it comes to local politics, Patricia Todd is tired of the gay community being put on the back burner. After a singular court victory last week for same-sex couples granting them the opportunity to marry — in a state that practically has no equal rights protections on the books for LGBT people, the Birmingham-based state representative took to her Facebook page to write a personal letter to elected officials who stand in her way.
"This [is] a time where you find out who are accepting, loving people. To say I am disappointed in Speaker [Mike] Hubbard comment’s and Attorney General [Luther] Strange’s choice to appeal the decision is an understatement," Todd wrote in a Facebook post this past weekend. "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."
Last year Todd posted a similar rant on Facebook, but the comments came after watching Outrage, a documentary about politicians who vote against LGBT rights but are homosexuals in their private lives.
This clarion call for transparency resurrects at a time when bible-thumping conservatives are crying foul at the LGBT community, that allowing marriage equality will ultimately destroy the fabric of family in our country. This is their embarrassing belief, and they are sounding off their beliefs at a time when a large majority of Americans believe that the same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
Some in the LGBT community believe that Todd is fighting fire with fire and should not stoop down to levels of mud-slinging and scared gossip tactics to push equal rights.
Al.com media writer Kyle Whitmire - torn between the idea - asked readers if it was ever a good thing to expose dirty little secrets. “When is it OK to out someone as gay..or to expose infidelity?,” he asks. “Many folks consider marital fidelity important when assessing a public official’s character. Others think it doesn’t matter and it’s none of anyone’s business. I’m still going back and forth.”
Some of the commentary coming from Birmingham’s LGBT community suggests some discomfort in this type of politics. “This is the exact opposite of how a spokesperson for this community should be acting,” said Devin Michael on a Central Alabama Pride’s post. “This sort of mud slinging and threats only stoops to the level of those that oppose our cause.”
Several media circuits have taken a handful of quotes from her online statement, making her seem like a vindictive “get even” dictator. That’s what happens in the biz of fast food media coverage. But Todd’s message is about being malicious for the sake of it. It’s about exposing the bitter hypocrisy that prevails Alabama politics. She’s had enough…and she’s fighting back with a message that should appeal to Christian standards (“He that is without sin cast the first stone.”).
She spoke to The Huffington Post, clarifying her bold stance. ”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,” said Todd.
"One thing I’m pretty consistent on is I do not like hypocrites," she added. "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."
As mentioned before, Todd’s comments is a response to Hubbard’s reply to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade in a case focusing on Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act, which the federal judge struck down.
“I consider Rep. Todd a friend, and we have always enjoyed a good and cordial relationship, so I am sorry that she is upset about my remarks,” Hubbard recently wrote. “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,” he added.
Todd isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. As Alabama’s only openly gay politician, she is getting louder about her beliefs and convictions. Certainly she’s not standing alone. Her comments almost broke the Internet with Kardashian-style. All of the gay blogs cheered her on.
"It may be time for a good old fashioned outing," wrote Edge.
Listen, folks. If she has to out a few hypocrites to prove her point, let her do it. As long as those allegations are true, she will have proved that point. It makes no sense for GOP’s religious core to cry foul about gays when some of their leaders are probably committing a world of infidelity, and may even be closeted. Republicans and opponents of same-sex marriage must evolve with the times - or they will continue to drag the reputation of Alabama through the mud.
So watch out. Don’t get in the way of Patricia Todd. She’s clearly bad-ass.
Which is why I decided to make a bad-ass meme about it: