Gay lawmaker implies Alabama governor is a lesbian

State Rep. Patricia Todd -Birmingham

Ivey, who is up for election this year, branded the claim a "disgusting lie" - and Todd suffered a sustained backlash in the wake of the comments. "We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice and we do not support involuntarily outing", said Jennifer Foster, Chair of the Board of Directors and one of the original co-conveners of the Alliance.

Free2Be received funding through the state agency ADECA, and had suddenly shut its doors without explanation.

Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director, said at the time: "We are deeply disappointed that the legislature and the governor took on this unnecessary, discriminatory bill instead of focusing on how to improve the lives of all Alabamians, no matter who they are or whom they love".

"I certainly don't agree with the agenda or the values of that organization", said Ivey, according to AL.com.

That remark may have provoked Todd.

Rep. Patricia Todd, who has served as the District 54 representative since 2006, made the same post on her Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday evening, alleging she had heard Ivey once lived with a girlfriend who she moved out of the house after becoming governor.

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Todd, the first openly gay elected official in Alabama's history, announced that she was not seeking re-election in January.

Ivey herself also issued a strong denial on Wednesday morning, claiming "There is absolutely no truth to it".

The Ivey campaign is vigorously denying the accusation.

Todd replied, "ask her directly if she has ever had a relationship with a woman", AL.com reported. It is a form of psychic and emotional violence; a violence that robs one of their ability to self-actualize and manifest their truth; a violence that hinders the fostering of fellowship and community; a violence that calls into question our ability to see the value in trusting others with our authentic self. "We admire her many decades of exemplary service and believe that, with the right opportunity, Ms. Todd will continue to use her many talents to make significant progress advocating for justice and equality".

Ivey said any suggestion that she is gay - which again, we repeat, she says she is not - is indicative of today's broken political climate.

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