Rep. Patricia Todd Upset by Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution Vote

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Rep. Patricia Todd accused other lawmakers of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution Wednesday calling for a national constitutional convention to approve the gay marriage ban.

Todd, the state's first openly gay lawmaker, says the description given to lawmakers only said it was seeking a constitutional convention. She would have spoken against it if had been described.

Todd said she was hurt and believed the resolution was deliberately slipped by lawmakers. The Birmingham Democrat, who last year married her long-time partner, says she respects other lawmakers' beliefs about gay marriage. However, Todd says she was disrespected by how the vote was handled.

Many legislators applauded after Todd spoke on the House floor.

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