Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Calling Them Out

This has got to have some folks nervous in Birmingham:

Alabama’s only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she’ll start making their marital infidelities public.

“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,” wrote state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) on Facebook over the weekend, as reported by the TimesDaily in Alabama. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”

Todd’s post came after a federal judge ruled Friday that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. She told The Huffington Post that she decided to issue her threat after reading some of the anti-gay rhetoric coming from certain elected officials in the state.

“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.”

I am not in favor of outing someone, straight or gay, as long as they’re not doing one thing in private and then condemning the very same thing in public (Hey, Newt!).  But hypocrites need to be called out, and then some.

4 barks and woofs on “Calling Them Out

  1. You do realize that she but the cheaters in a catch 22? If they stop yapping, than everyone will know the are cheaters. But if they keep yapping she’ll out them and everyone will know they are cheaters! It’s a lose/lose situation for them!

    • I’d be interested to see how many of those Righteous Legislators (but unfaithful spouses) are stepping out to spend time with a same-sex partner. That’d really put a dent in their rhetoric.

      Outing to spotlight hypocrisy is fair game in my book.

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