Alabama's Republican Governor Calls Claims She's a Closeted Lesbian 'Disgusting'

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

Equality Alabama, a gay rights advocacy group, isn't happy with a tweet by the state's first openly gay legislator that calls for the outing of the governor as a suspected lesbian.

Ivey, who has been married to a man but is now divorced, has had an interesting trajectory in politics. The Democratic state lawmaker, who is set to step down later this year, linked on Facebook to a piece in which Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson's condemned the state funding.

Ivey spokesperson Debbee Hancock has denied the allegation, calling it "a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack", AL.com reports.

Ivey also disputed the suggestion she supported Free2Be. Free2Be, the statement says, was the only organization seeking this specific grant in 2014. Before 2002, she was a registered Democrat.

The Governor wrote: "This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful". And perhaps totally unconnected, the state's then-governor, Robert Bentley, went on to resign after an affair with a political adviser was uncovered.

Earlier this year, INTO spoke with Todd about Moore's run for the State Supreme Court and she expressed how hard it is to run as a democrat in Alabama.

Ivey signed the so-called Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, which enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. "I chose to run for governor of the state of Alabama because I thought we could do better".

"It's time to change the conversation and talk about the good things happening in the state", Battle said. "It's mind boggling. And these are the people that call themselves Christians".

"I certainly don't agree with the agenda or the values of that organization", Ivey said earlier Tuesday when speaking with reporters in Tuscaloosa about the LGBTQ group Dawson brought to attention. "I'm a candidate for Governor, I'm a born again Christian, I believe that marriage is made of God between a man and a woman, and I live my life according to those values", Gov. Ivey added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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